All of our programs, initiatives and projects are directed by our programmatic approach. BEAM's approach:
Validates and gives voice to the legacy of harm in Black Communities.
Acknowledges and affirms the historic and present day, resilience, defiance, coping skills and emotional health strategies in Black communities.
Gives community members knowledge of how to recognize, prevent and support mental health challenges.
Affirms and creates wellness strategies that sync with current cultural practices, knowledge and ways of being.
Cultivates skills that promote agency in engaging mental health professionals.
Facilitates consciousness raising on social inequities that impact mental and emotional health in Black communities; such as ableism, misogynoir, HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ issues.
Supports advocacy efforts that call for innovative, accessible and community competent models of mental health of care.
Leaves community members with tools and education that they can share and reuse with others.