Onyx Monthly Newsletter
Alright people, we have made it to the beginning of Q2, how are we feeling? Have you made your Q2 goals?? What seeds are you planting? What do you want to see grow for this new quarter of the year?
April is set to bring many positive things for us all. Many moments of reflection and several days that allow for greatness. This month is one that induces self-awareness, self-restraint, and a sense of community amongst our fellow men + womxn. The goal during April is to learn more about yourself and your relationship with the powers that be, striving to deepen that relationship through acts of service and not being consumed by the normal materialistic vices in our lives.
Autism Awareness starts this month and as mental health champions, we at Onyx Therapy Group support all of the efforts that assist in people understanding the causes and effects of autism on children and adults. The theme for Autism Awareness month is #celebratedifferences and this April, the Autism Society is working to celebrate all differences because they recognize the variety of experiences within the autism community and emphasize the need for equitable access to support, services, and resources. It’s important as mental health champions to extend our love and support and we hope you do as well.
World Health Day soon follows on April 7th and this day is always a great opportunity to reflect and understand how we can make an impact in the world and our immediate communities from an inclusive health perspective. The World Health Organization asks us -
“Are we able to reimagine a world where clean air, water and food are available to all?
Where economies are focused on health and well-being?
Where cities are liveable and people have control over their health and the health of the planet?”
The World Health Organization estimates that there are 13 millions deaths around the world EVERY year that are caused by avoidable environmental causes - and it is now a HEALTH CRISIS! As a community it should be our collective goal to create sustainable societies.
So ask yourself, how are you making an impact? What are you changing and implementing in your everyday life that will assist in keeping Mother Earth beautiful?
How can you continue the idea of a “well-being” society?
We have to STOP waiting on Earth Day to come around to treat her right! The goal is to PREVENT!
Take a look at Onyx in the media from last month!
March 11th :
Teen Talks - On this month’s episode of Teen Talks, the teens get together to talk about cliques and friendships, and some of the downfalls of cliques and the importance of friendship.
March 16th :
U.S. News - Onyx’s Clinical Director Shanelle Clay, spoke with US News writer Gail Cornwall on "what to do if your kid is the bully." Shanelle offers up advice on the standard advice she would give to families whose children are the bully, and if there's special advice for parents of children with Black or Brown skin.
March 22nd :
University of Wisconsin Stout Dr. Plummer attended a panel discussion at the University of Wisconsin Stout to talk with its students about race, identity and belonging for minority students and staff members.
March 24th :
Dr. Plummer served as a panelist for a webinar workshop jointly co-sponsored by the Program Planning and Development Committee and the Membership Services Committee of the Eastern Region. The webinar focused on health, wellness and entrepreneurship amongst Delta Sigma Theta sisters.
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!
What’s coming up?!
We are ready to welcome in an abundance of new opportunities this month, and are excited about the things to come! Check out where the Onyx team will be this month
April 1st :
In honor of Women’s Equal Pay Day, Dr. Plummer will participate in an interactive event on Friday, April 1st at 12pm EST, hosted by Consciously Unbiased and TAPFIN, featuring Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code and The Marshall Plan for Moms, and author of the new book Pay Up: The Future Of Women And Work (And Why It’s Different Than You Think).
April 23rd :
TEDxFoggyBottom is excited to work with Dr. Plummer as she speaks to being grounded in the values of integrity and awareness. Believing that emotional, spiritual, and cultural healing is attainable for all, Dr. Plummer will take the stage at George Washington University on April 23rd! Buy your ticket at tedxfoggybottom.org
April 24th :
Mental Health Fair - this spring Onyx is excited to announce its free to the public mental health fair taking place on Sunday, April 24th from 11am to 5pm. Set to be held at Union Market’s Auto Shop, the fair will feature DC-based Black-owned and operated vendors such as District Home candles, Flikshop, VeganQueen Cuisine, Replenish Yoga, Tanji Skincare, and more.
The fair will also feature two 1-hour panel discussions around Black hair + mental health, as well as grief + loss in relationships. Come join us this month as we talk all things mental health and look to raise funds for Onyx’s therapy fund that helps those who cannot afford services pay for therapy.
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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
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