Founded in 2013 by Sashe Omogiate, Imani Within Foundation Inc a 501 c (3) is a non-profit organization that believes in serving the community by providing supportive services that help increase personal development, improve quality of life and restore faith through Jesus Christ. We provides outreach programs and workshops that facilitate mental and emotional healing and wellness. Imani Within strives to facilitate the process of healthy self-acceptance and good life coping skills by delivering preventative and early intervention lessons and techniques that help maintain positive mental health for youths.
In 2016, Imani Within Foundation received a 501 c(3) status and a Federal Trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office . Imani Within Foundation core value foster faith. At times, we all need an extra measure of guidance and support. And no matter how dire your circumstances may be, Imani Within Foundation is here to partner with you all the way and in every way through support, compassion and results- driven action. Let us help you reach the joy of "Imani within".
Imani Within begins and ends with “faith”(in the East African Language Swahili the word "Imani" means "faith".) "Our concept is to have faith in one's self and love yourself so that you can live a fearless life and be all that you were called to be.
IMANI WITHIN COMMUNITIES
Imani Within commitment to holistic, lasting solutions to address complex systemic challenges such as homelessness. We provide weekly meals, clothing to the homeless and resources. By creating sustainable, multifaceted strategies, individuals are not just sheltered but equipped with tools and resources for stability and self sufficiency. We are
Our mindfulness workshop is for adolescents between the ages of 12-18 with the aim of improving social, emotional and academics outcomes for all students.
Our mindfulness workshop comprises of 3 segments:
Brainy Mac Activity
Web of Truth Activity
The Self-Talk activity focuses on changing negative, toxic and limiting self-talk that we constantly speak and mindfully replacing them with positive self-talk. Then we create an affirmation “I am” accompanied with positive statements that we want to manifest.
Brainy Mac Activity
The Brainy Macs activity utilizes flashcards to define aspects of the brain and mind and participants get 10 minutes to read articles that pertain to each and will get to group the cards according to the one that goes to the brain or the mind. The instructor will then give a break down of the differences.We want to replace that fear with faith that eludes positivity and love in order to diminish negative aspirations.
Web of Truth Activity
Web of Truths is an activity that focuses on internal self- dialogue and getting rid of falsely held beliefs. This activity also forces participants to come face-to-face with their own truths and to realize that they are not alone. This activity will result in an increased connectivity with self and being comfortable with being vulnerable and transparent with others.
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE
Our signature event “Let Your Light Shine Outdoor Festival for Depression & Suicide Awareness" is an outdoor festival that takes place in May for Mental Health Awareness Month.This joy-filled experience strives to strengthen the community awareness of Depression and Suicide in order to bridge the gap between different cultures and backgrounds to build unity, healing, and empowerment. We often hear that traditional medicine is fast to pursue the use of antipsychotic drugs as a first tier treatment for mental illness. However, Imani Within encourages non-traditional interventions that include creative therapy such as art, drama, and music. This will lead to people feeling comfortable in seeking diagnosis and treatment to reduce the stigma and shame that can be associated with mental illness. The festivities are free to the general public and will feature special speakers. There will be a variety of performances from community participants in R&B, Poetry, Rap, Hip Hop, and Dance. Food and activities will be available for free as well as games and activities for the kids.
ACCORDING TO THE CDC AND GA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
INDIVIDUALS LIVE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA
UNDER THE AGE OF 18 HAVE COMMITTED SUICIDE SO FAR IN 2018
TEEN DEPRESSION IS ON THE RISE WITH UNTREATED DEPRESSION BEING IDENTIFIED AS THE LEADING CCAUSE OF SUICIDE.
THE SUICIDE RATE AMONG 15-19 YEAR OLD GIRLS HAS DRASTICALLY INCREASED BETWEEN 2007 AND 2015, REACHING A 40 YEAR HIGH.
OF TEENS WILL EXPERIENCE DEPRESSION BEFORE THEY REACH ADULTHOOD.
OF TEENAGERS HAVE EXPERIENCED SOME SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION AT ONE POINT IN TIME.
HERE ARE THE STATISTICS IN THE U.S.
2.4 million adults in U.S live with schizophrenia
6.1 million adults in U.S live with bipolar disorder.
42 million adults in U.S live with anxiety disorder.
OF ADULTS WITH A MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION RECEIVED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN THE PAST YEAR.
OF ADULTS WITH A SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS CONDITION RECEIVED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN THE PAST YEAR.
OF CHILDREN WITH A MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION AGED 8-15 RECEIVED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.
Mental Health Month
May 1-7 Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Sept. 10 World Suicide Prevention Day.
October 1-7 Mental Illness Awareness Week