A movement for mental health & wellness among men.
James Harris the founder of Men to Heal . He is a Licensed Mental Health Professional and holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
At age five James lost his father and was placed into the Virginia foster care system. As a ward of the State he was required to attend counseling sessions. However, he found those sessions unengaging. Typically run by white therapists who sat on a couch James felt that they could not relate to the emotional and cultural issues he faced. As a result, counseling wasn't a service he took seriously and so he wasn't able to benefit from it. This unfulfilling experience followed James into his adult life. James deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, upon his return, he again tried therapy and the experience was the same. In 2018 James created Men To Heal, a movement to bring awareness to the stigma surrounding mental health among men and underserved populations.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP & COMMUNITY
James is a Army veteran, serial entrepreneur and community advocate. His recent ventures include co-ownership of Brewers Waffles & the Well Art Gallery and the opening of The Healing Hub in 2019, a wellness center that offers outpatient therapy, yoga, mindfulness and financial resources to the community.
Bringing awareness to end the stigma.
"African American men are four times more likely to die by suicide than African American women are.
-National Institute of Minority Health & Health Disparities
"Misdiagnoses, inadequate treatment and lack of cultural competence by health professionals cause distrust and prevent many African Americans from seeking or staying in treatment."
-NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
"As a black male counselor, Harris is a rarity in the world of clinical counseling. He sees his work as filling an important need for an often-underserved community who don't get the kind of help they need in order to really connect and make improvements in their lives."