Rise offers mental health services, a safe space for black parents

The founders of Black Women In Nature took members of Rise — a maternity mental health organization that caters specifically to black parents — for a walk through Blacklick Woods Metro Park in Reynoldsburg on July 24 as part of Black Maternal Mental Health Week.

About 15 parents stood in a circle at Blacklake Woods Metro Park in Reynoldsburg, braving the heat and humidity of a July evening.

Everyone closed their eyes. One of the women put her hand on her heart and the other on her stomach.

“I am sufficient just as I am,” Ivory Leverett said, leading a guided meditation. “I welcome moments of rest and relief and bring them into everyday life. I speak honestly and ask for what I need.”

The group was brought together on July 24 as part of Root to Rise, an event in which the founders of the organization participated Black women in nature Rise members took over – Maternal Mental Health Organization It caters specifically to black parents – a walk through the park.

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rise It is a branch of Perinatal Outreach and Maternal Empowerment (POEM), a program American Mental Health in Ohio who – which Provides peer support groups, referrals, and education about pregnancy, mood, and anxiety disorders to Ohio mothers and families.

Ivory Levert, center, leads a yoga session before starting a walk for members of Rise — a maternal mental health organization that caters specifically to black parents — at Blacklick Woods Metro Park in Reynoldsburg on July 24 as part of Black Maternal Mental Health Week.

The Nature Walk culminated in a Rise Week of events for Black Moms Mental Health Week, which in turn was part of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July. The classification recognizes the difficulties faced by underrepresented groups with mental illness in the United States, according to American Mental Health.

To help, Rise provides a mentoring program and referrals to counselors and psychiatrists of color, among other offerings.

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