In Harlem: A pastor is getting rid of mental illness
The clergyman's H.O.P.E programme was designed to care for people requiring mental health access.
A clergyman in the Harlem city of New York, Pastor Michael Walrond Jr. is making an outstanding contribution to help get rid of mental illness in the community.
He does this through a project known as the Healing On Purpose and Evolving (H.O.P.E) center, which opened on December 15, 2016.
It is an extension of the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York, where Walrond engages in his pastoral duties.
Speaking to the DNA Info regarding the initiative, he said, “There’s a normalization of trauma in this community,”
“We don’t engage it, we don’t address it.”
H.O.P.E seeks to help people suffering from a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, sexual abuse and domestic violence.
The project is already gaining support state wide.
Chirlane McCray, the wife of New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio, was at the ribbon cutting ceremony of H.O.P.E held on Thursday, December 15, 2016.
She thinks supporting the government in its responsibility to offer help to mentally ill people can assist in exterminating the problem.
The charity programme has offered a platform aimed at bringing mental health care to the people.