July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month! Throughout the year, The D, Wood Foundation put forth great efforts to educate and advocate for equal care for those suffering from mental illness. They encourage clinicians and associates of those struggling with mental illness to continue to be advocates for change and to inspire views of African-American people with mental health who have less access to care and treatment.
Millions of African-Americans across the country are living with mental illness, and it’s our job to work to eliminate the stigma and raise understanding. Highlighting mental health awareness month is a step in the right direction. This will highlight those working in the mental health fields to be creators of change and architects of awareness.
The D. Wood Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to enhance awareness for suicide prevention and advocate the importance of mental health. We believe isolation and depression are key factors leading to suicide and signs of mental health issues. Our organization is inspired by the late mother of founder Fabian Wood. On July 29, 2010, at the age of 19, he lost her to death by suicide. Two weeks later he moved to Austin, TX where he met Chad Williams, Jr. and Keyonn Ajala. The three formed the D. Wood Foundation in efforts to continue the legacy of Deandria Wood and her heart to help.