STARTING WITH TODAY INC.
Starting With Today Inc. (SWT) is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, based in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area, with the mission of creating, sustaining, and enhancing the professional, mental, and financial wellness of underserved adults by providing customized training and local resources. Through its mission, SWT ignites a fresh start for individuals in various aspects of life by providing succinct, fun, interactive and culturally relevant programing.
In Black communities, discussions about mental health can result in feeling of shame, embarrassment and isolation. Beyond the stigma, mental health services are also less accessible in Black communities. Starting With Today works to provide meaningful services that offer both immediate tools and an introduction to long-term resources.
THE SHAPE UP series has provided group mental health sessions to at least 180 members of the community since launching in May 2018.
THE SHAPE UP has hosted six sessions exploring different aspects of mental health customized to the needs of Black men.
THE SHAPE UP has served one barbershop since its launch! We are forever grateful for Lee’s Barbers Shop for seeing and supporting the vision! Stay tuned for our next shop!
THE SHAPE UP
SWT partnered with the greate Lee’s Barbar Shop of Washington, DC to host group counseling sessions. The familiarity and comfort of this 32-year old community pillar made the perfect gateway to introduce THE SHAPE UP as a service to strengthen the theapeutic services that organically take place here. THE SHAPE UP provides structure, strategic and creative counseling led by Tariiq Omari Walton, LMFT-a Black male licensed couples therapist based in the Washington, D.C. area.
INTRODUCED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO BLACK MEN
THE SHAPE UP has introduced formal mental health services to many participants for the first time. This programming has helped eliminate social stigma around mental health for participants.
REMOVED FINANCIAL & PHYSICAL BARRIERS
THE SHAPE UP has removed the financial barriers and physical barriers by providing our services free to the community, in the community.
HEALTHIER & STRONGER COMMUNITIES
THE SHAPE UP participants have reported having more productive conversations, improved stress management, and increased access to necessary life resources.