Addressing the stigma of mental illness is important at any time, but particularly so now. The collective trauma the nation and especially under-resourced communities of color experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic impacted mental health profoundly. Long periods of social isolation and economic uncertainty overwhelmed many adults – particularly those with existing mental health challenges.
This ECS forum session will:
- Suggest ways to address and overcome the stigma of mental health in low-income communities of color
- Help people understand how culturally competent mental health providers of color can effectively serve communities
- Make clear how to access mental health resources and programs in West Philadelphia and across the Philadelphia region
Victoria Moon (She/Her/Jawn). In her undergraduate career, she received a degree in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies from the West Chester University of PA. She holds a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Immaculata University. In her career, Victoria has worked to end the stigma surrounding substance abuse, housing insecurity, sexual education, and child welfare. Victoria has aspirations of being a licensed therapist that specializes in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and normalizing the community needed for all birthers. Victoria hopes that her work can aid other community support in ending the Black Maternal Mortality Crisis. When she is not engaging in the work that she loves, she is rehearsing for car concerts with her son or playing the Sims. She has a passion for storytelling and highlighting the experiences of the children of the diaspora. Victoria utilizes multiple theoretical practices and real-world examples to aid clients in living in their most authentic purpose.
When a person experiences traumatic or severe life stressors it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. Andrea’s work is dedicated to helping people develop healthy relationships and productive, satisfying lives. You may be experiencing depression, anxiety, a difficult situation, a sense that somehow your life is not working out as you’d like. It would be her privilege to work with you. Andrea’s great passion is bringing healing to people who have been through traumatic/stressful experiences. She helps adults and families, to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete and safe.
Andrea knows there is not one single approach that is right for every individual. With that, she has specialized in working with a diverse client population and takes a client-centered and family-focused approach to ensure patients emotional and mental wellbeing is always at the forefront.
Her educational background includes an Associate’s Degree in Biblical Studies, a Bachelors in Human Services, both from Geneva College and a Masters in Social Work from Widener University.