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Doors at 6:30pm, Program begins at 7:00pm
Let PureSpark and the Museum of Science help you navigate your mental health by connecting you with the right resources in a special evening of dialogue and community.
Start the night with a keynote presentation examining what is really getting in the way of mental health within the Black community. You will then have the opportunity to connect with a range of therapists and wellness providers during a meet-and-greet in the Museum’s Blue Wing. (All you need to set up your first appointment is your health insurance information.)
When Pure Spark first launched, they recognized a few disparities in the community related to mental health, mainly the lack of Black therapists in the Massachusetts area and an inability to adequately connect individuals to available therapists due to low income and/or insurance type. As an organization, PureSpark’s mission is to help Black people living in the Greater Boston area along on their wellness journey from beginning to end. From education (learning about the symptoms of depression and anxiety) to implementation (practicing yoga and seeking out a therapist). They help fill the gap and take the guesswork out of wellness and help to empower those who want to start on their own personal healing journey. Their end goal is to work toward creating a healthier and more peaceful community where people respond versus react; where a mental health diagnosis is no longer looked at as a death sentence; they aim to end the stigma in their community
This program is free, thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.
Separate tickets required
Cost: Free with Pre-Registration
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Tuesday, November 21 | 7:00 pm
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Recommended for: Visitors 18 years of age and older
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, PureSpark
Nieisha Deed is a powerful emerging voice and leader in the mental health and wellness space in Boston and is working fiercely to advocate for mental wellness in Boston’s Black community. She is the visionary and creator behind PureSpark. As a person living with bipolar disorder, Nieisha understands all too well how important access to holistic support services and community are to one’s mental wellness. As a Black woman, Nieisha is a community builder and disruptor in the mental health and wellness space. She is dismantling the walls of silence by raising awareness about mental illness and wellness, not just through PureSpark, but with speaking engagements and facilitated events, where she shares her personal story as a Black woman living with a mental Illness. Because the Black community has historically been left out of the conversations about mental health and wellness, Nieisha feels that it’s vital to share her personal experience and voice with her community. Through her leadership, Nieisha shatters the shame around mental illnesses, creates access to mental health support, and shows us that healing is possible.