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Onyx Monthly Newsletter

October 2022

Onyx Leadership Team

Greetings Onyx Family!!

How was your September? We focused on our mental health in ALL ways and made sure that as a therapy group, we allowed our community to know and understand the importance of doing this on the daily.

September was Suicide Prevention Month and also #SelfCareSeptember and while both of these moments in the month are quite different, they both touch on taking care of ourselves. Go on over to our Instagram account and look at some pointers on ways you can help a loved one who may need your support. You can also see how Onyx team members practice self-care in their lives as well!

As we look forward to the remaining months of 2022, we at Onyx want to ensure that everyone has the necessary tools to enter into the holiday season. October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month, and Onyx Therapy Group is a comprehensive mental health company that believes in early screening, as a form of awareness, intervention, and treatment. In our direct services to adolescent and adult clients, we provide screenings for mental health and mental illness via our Mental Status Exams, Broadband assessments, and specialized assessments. For our clients that are young children, we provide a range of psychological, social, and academic screenings and assessments. With these efforts, we have been able to support clients, of all ages, in their healing, awareness, and transformation journey.

October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A senstitive topics for both victims and their supporters, Dr. Plummer discussed the issue with fellow entreprepenur, Melva LaJoy, for a 2021 episode of Spillin’ the Tea w/ Dr. P. You can watch the full the video here.

Take a look at Onyx in the media from last month!

September 14th: Onyx Blogpost

Suicide Prevention Month - Our intern Maya gives her thought provoking and uncute perspective on Suicide Prevention Month from the lens of a teenager.

Read blogpost HERE!

September 16th: Teen Talks Season 2 Episode 1

Teen Talks S2 E1: Back To School

The teens are back for Season 2 to chat all things 'Back To School' from taking on new class loads, achievements in personal growth, and the effects of pop culture on adolescents.

Listen to the podcast here!

September 18th : DC Half Marathon

To celebrate her birthday in Dr. Plummer fashion, she chose to run a half marathon - The DC Half Marathon to be exact! She and her team triumphed through the streets of DC and placed #36 out of hundreds of relay teams. 6.78 miles in one hour and two minutes!

September 20th: USBC Oakland virtual presentation

Mental Wellness x Black Mental Health: To understand the Implications of Mental Health & Stress on Entrepreneurship.

September 21st: Water Yo Mental Blogpost

Like any plant enthusiast will tell you..if you water it..It will grow!!

This weeks blogpost is an ode to the CHALLENGE! Life has an interesting way of showing you what you need at that very moment, and for Dr. Plummer it was drinking more water! Read our latest blogpost (link in our stories) on taking care of your mental space and some tips that could help as you shift your perspective!

Read the blogpost here!

September 28th: General Self-care? No way: Make SELF-care that just for YOU!!

Dr. Plummer breaks down what self-care means to her in our latest post and why having a routine of your own is so important.

Read blog post here!

What’s coming up?!

October 5th: Holiday Season and self-care

Virtual USBC Albuquerque Panel 7pm EST/5pm MST

October 10th: World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is on October 10, and as our understanding of mental health Grows, we grow along with it. Join Onyx Therapy Group as our counselors and education team give their own personal and professional thoughts on the importance of the day and how they navigate mental health for themselves.

October 11th: National Coming Out Day

As you celebrate and even contemplate on the best ways to share with your loved ones who you truly are, take a look at a candid conversation Dr. Plummer had with journalist Bailey Vogt about their own process of coming out to family and friends, and the power of connecting with those who truly accept you. You can watch the episode of Bailey Vogt on Spillin’ the Tea w/ Dr.P, and check out the Tagg Magazine article as well.

October 15th: Till Movie Premiere

As we prepare for the highly anticipated release of Till: The Movie, the Emmett Till biopic, Dr. Plummer attended the exclusive screening directed by Chinonye Chukwu (pictured here) earlier this year. Dr. Plummer says, “It was painstakingly excellent, with direction that included mental health processing and details, love between a mother and son, and a fight that is literally indescribable but deeply felt. Be sure to check it out in October, it’s worth the anticipation!!”

October 15th: Best Kids Superhero 5k and Fun Run

BEST Kids is a local nonprofit organization working to empower youth in DC's foster care system, one child at a time. The Fun Run distance is 0.5 miles and is geared towards our younger runners. Parents/Guardians should help their smaller Superheroes through the fun run. Register here!

October 26th: Washington State College 5pm EST/2pm PT

Dr. Plummer will give the keynote address for the Faculty and Staff of Color at the Washington State College System conference.

She will address topics related to mental health and self care, protective factors, coping mechanisms, and personal transformative healing. She will also emphasize mental health and higher education to include multiple relationships with school leaders, colleagues, and students while engaging them via mental health practices for relationship-building, sustainability, and retention.

Still trying to keep up with all things Onyx?! Well don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel for past episodes of “Spillin’ the Tea w/ Dr. P,” “Grown Ass Women,” and “Teen Talks.” And of course, for all the details on where Onyx has been featured, visit our Press Page on the website!


Take a look at the postings below and spread the word, we are looking to add to our team!


Welcome to our newest Onyx team members!

October 4th: Happy Birthday to Qiana, our Licensed Professional Counselor

October 21st: Happy Birthday Desiree, Educational Consultant and Trainer

October 24th: Happiest of birthdays to our Director of Education and Training Ayana, we appreciate all that you do. Enjoy your day!


Contacts for Crisis

National Suicide Lifeline: 1-800-273-8355; or dial 988

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Mental Health Crisis Hotline (DC): 1-888-7WE-HELP

Mental Health Crisis Hotline (MD): 301-429-2185

Mental Health Crisis Hotline (PA): 1-888-796-8226

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Based in Washington DC, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, Onyx Therapy Group is dedicated to cultivating and strengthening the community through mental health practices. With a focus on direct clinical work, professional development/training, and sourcing, Onyx Therapy Group incorporates the values of integrity, respect, loyalty, community, culture, and excellence. As an organization, Onyx Therapy Group has over 15 years in mental health work and 20 years of education and skill-based practice that has positively impacted individuals, educators, and organizations nationally. Onyx Therapy Group is a Black, Woman, Veteran-owned business that believes in and designs transformative healing

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