Sabrina is the author of Gratefully Disappointed – Learn Through Forgiveness her inspirational and encouraging memoir. Sabrina shares her journey to remind us no matter what we experience there is a lesson for us to share. Sabrina is the creator of Forgive4U, a program that defines the six essential steps to overcome emotional roadblocks. She coaches clients one-on-one and spreads the Forgive4U principles through professional speaking engagements. Sabrina and her husband Roosevelt (Rosy) founded, Erick’s Place, a non-profit organization named after her son, a special needs child, who passed away at the age of 3. She is also a contributing author to two books: Fearfully & Wonderfully Made and; the Amazon Best Seller, Pathways to Vibrant Health and Well-Being.
GW4W is on a mission to Empower healthy female leaders for a more sustainable world. They accomplish this by:
*Honoring that true gender equity is about addressing both diversity and inclusion issues
*Welcoming women from all backgrounds who want to see positive change and the great men that stand beside us
*Producing quality, unbiased research for women’s health, wellbeing and leadership challenges
*Inspiring through sharing our stories, our wisdom, mentoring and advocacy
*Highlighting self-care for leaders for personal empowerment and to be a role model for those you lead
Mim Senft, CWWS GBA AAI RYT / CEO – Global Women 4 Wellbeing LinkedIn
Mim Senft has over 20 years of corporate experience in project management, benefits design and wellness program strategy and implementation. She specializes in providing companies with strategies that positively impact culture and create team innovation. She is a certified as a Worksite Wellness Specialist through the National Wellness Institute; has her GBA group benefits designation through the International Foundation of Benefit Professionals (IFEBP); her property and casualty insurance certification, Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI), through the Insurance Institute of America; and became a certified yoga instructor in 2006. Prior to founding Motivity Partnerships, she worked with over 70 clients in a variety of industries including finance, manufacturing, law, fashion/retail and not-for-profit. Some representative companies include Optum @ Goldman Sachs, Springleaf Financial, Tory Burch, Steptoe and Johnson Law Firm, Natures Path, Open Door and Consolidated Precision Products.
Mim is a co-founder of Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W), served on the Board of Directors for the National Wellness Institute and is a member of The Global Wellness Institute’s Future of Well Work Initiative. She is a regular speaker at conferences and roundtable discussions on topics related to employee benefits, corporate wellness/wellbeing programs, and keeping a competitive edge in today’s workplace.
Nancy Board, MSW – Co-Founder / COO – Global Women 4 Wellbeing LinkedIn
Nancy Board is a long time EAP professional, experienced in corporate health and wellbeing globally, and a leader in workplace mental health, trauma response, risk management and women’s issues. She is also a sought after speaker, facilitator and international trainer for women’s health & wellbeing worldwide, having worked with thousands of women to help them remove barriers to achieving success.
Previously Nancy was Vice President of Healthcare, EAP and Wellness for JP Morgan In the Asia Pacific region, responsible for over 38,000 employees in 18 countries. She is a versatile, technically savvy, culturally competent leader. Having also led individuals, teams and organizations through the chaos and grief of workplace violence and major disasters, Nancy has a unique lens from which to gauge and teach personal resiliency, recovery and trust. As Co-Founder of Global Women 4 WellBeing, she is passionate about doing more good to create gender equity and build inclusive, respectful workplaces for women to become thriving, healthy leaders.
Nancy received her Master’s degree in Social Work/Behavioral Medicine from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo, certification as a Global Professional in Human Resources and certification as Facilitator and Guide for Women’s Circles through the non-profit organization, Woman Within, International.
How You Can Help
You can visit https://gw4w.org/ to find ways to get involved with GW4W and their global mission to empower healthy female leaders.
Karla Thut was born and grew up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She graduated from Goshen College with a BA in Social Work and Temple University with a Masters in Social Work. She has worked as a family therapist in the city of Philadelphia for 15 years primarily with co-victims of homicide and survivors of domestic violence and other violent crimes. During this time Karla trained at the Philadelphia Child and Family Training Center as a family therapist and at the Philadelphia Family and Children’s Play Therapy Training Center where she trained in Contextual and Structural Family therapy and play therapy. In addition to working as a therapist Karla teaches part time at Chestnut Hill College in the Masters in Counseling Psychology department in their trauma studies concentration and is on the board at La Puerta Abierta. La Puerta Abierta is a non-profit in Philadelphia that provides mental health services to immigrant youth and their families. Karla lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.
How You Can Help
Support La Puerta Abierta whose mission is “To improve access to quality, culturally and trauma-informed mental health support in the immigrant and refugee community through collaboration, training and service”.
Contact Karla to learn more about her private practice mental health care services, or healing trauma training services at: karlathut (at) gmail (dot) com
For the month of July, I wanted to raise awareness around National Minority Mental Health Awareness month. Last year, I did an interview with my resident mental health pro, Dr. Angela Clack. Amongst other things we discussed, she told us about the origins of the awareness month. You can watch our interview here. And check out her new book on narratives from women of color talking about trauma and depression.
Since I will be doing interviews all next month, I decided that I wanted to do a campaign just sharing my random thoughts about mental health throughout this month. I wanted to share a day in the life of someone with lived experience, aka a peer advocate. I wanted to raise awareness about some of the ways I’ve experienced mental health prevention, treatment, and ongoing maintenance as an African American woman. I invited other POCs in my social network to join me in creating awareness by sharing their stories, experiences, resources, etc. about mental health for this particular campaign.
Why do this? Because the more people talk about mental health in our communities, the more it becomes a commonplace topic. This is how we fight the stigma. And when stigma is obliterated, people don’t feel ashamed to seek help. If more people seek help and find that there isn’t equal access to care, we come together and create demand that needs to be supplied. Ya dig?
The reason this is so important is because there are many disparities in seeking and getting mental health treatment as a minority in the U.S..Heck, even a quick Google search led me to organizations that are NOT founded by or led by the people this awareness month was made for, when of course they exist. I’ve made plenty of complaints about the lack of minorities having a seat at the table, but I won’t go there right now, (another topic for another day). So even our own voices and wisdom aren’t being centered, but rather tokenized to fit inside a paradigm. Which further proves we still have a ways to go with dismantling a broken healthcare system. But first, we need to create awareness. And many times that awareness starts at home within our own selves, conversations amongst each other, with our family members, with our friends, our co-workers, our spiritual community leaders and members and anyone else in our network who still doesn’t get it. There are too many people who still deny that mental health disorders are very real, and we cannot afford to keep sweeping them, and how they affect our lives either directly or indirectly, under the rug. It hurts us, it tears apart our families, it breaks down and disconnects our communities.
So to offset that, we share. We share our truths, we share our resources. We encourage one another to find strength, hope, and healing.
Below you’ll find a few captured moments from several awareness campaigns this month…
My Announcement Post
No More Martyrs hosted their annual Minority Mental Health Awareness Summit
Around 2:12 Dr. Ruby begins talking about the connection between mind, body, and spirit.
Around 4:07 We start talking about the spiritual properties of good. And the 2nd brain “gut”. Lynette references Sisters of the Yam by bell hooks.
Around 6:00 Dr. Ruby talks about the energy and vibrations of food. Dr. Ruby talks more about the gut as a 2nd brain and how about 70% of disease starts in the gut.
Around 7:45 Dr. Ruby begins our dialogue about the spiritual aspect of food being where the food comes from, and how it is treated up until the point of which we consume it.
Around 7:56 Dr. Ruby begins to explain why she has chosen a plant-based diet.
Around 9:48 After comparing the differences in how we feel after eating certain foods, Dr. Ruby explains how taking in food with low vibrations affects you spiritually just as much physically and mentally.
Around 10:15 Dr. Ruby talks about the often forgotten meaning behind phrases such as “I put love into the food”.
Around 12:30 We talk about how spirituality shows up in daily life, including a business aspect even though we want to keep it boxed in and separate.
Around 14:35 Dr. Ruby begins talks about the gut and depression, and other connections to nutrition and mental health issues.
Around 18:40 Dr. Ruby talks more about how food affects our mood, mental acuity, how fast or slow we think.
Around 19:48 Dr. Ruby says “The healthier the food, the healthier the brain.” And talks about how we can improve mood with food.
Around 23:11 After bringing up the 90’s movie Soul Food we talk about the spiritual and mental healing practice of cooking food with love, and nurturing relationships with coming together and eating together.
Around 25:52 Dr. Ruby talks about keeping these healing traditions of family gatherings but also making it all around healthy by adjusting the menu items.
Around 30:25 Dr. Ruby talks about food as a form of resistance because we have control over what we’re putting in it.
Around 31:47 Dr. Ruby shares how you can reach out and connect with her online. She mentions her Going Vegan online program for those interested in changing their lifestyle.
About Dr. Ruby:
Dr. Ruby Lathon is a certified holistic nutritionist and inspires with a powerful story of recovering from thyroid cancer through alternative treatment focused on a whole food, plant-based diet. Dr. Lathon worked as a researcher and an award-winning engineer, and now teaches others how to re-engineer their health and live disease free.
Dr. Lathon, a graduate of the University of Alabama, served as Nutrition Policy Manager at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, where she developed and led a national grassroots campaign to advocate legislation for more healthful, plant-based meal options in the National School Lunch Program.
Dr. Lathon is host of The Veggie Chest with Dr. Ruby, an online, plant- based cooking show and is featured in the hit documentary, What the Health and will be featured in two upcoming documentaries. Dr. Lathon is an inspirational and sought-after speaker on motivation, natural health, healing, and plant-based nutrition. Through her organization, Roadmap to Holistic Health, Dr. Lathon hosts holistic health conferences, workshops and healthy cooking classes and provides customized nutritional consultations and coaching programs.