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We Are What We’ve Been Waiting For: Building Sustainable Mental Wellness Communities

Event Date:

April 5, 2024

Event Time:

2:00 pm

Building sustainable mental wellness communities focuses on how clinicians and mental health advocates can foster a supportive environment for individuals to thrive emotionally, psychologically, and socially. In an era where mental health is increasingly recognized as a critical aspect of overall well-being, creating communities that prioritize mental wellness is essential. In this class, participants will explore the history of community mental health, examine current resources and networks within their respective communities, and engage in solution-focused dialogue about ways to support the mental wellness of people in their respective work and communities.

*Please note that this event will now be held virtually via Zoom.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Understanding Community Mental Health: Participants will explore the historical context and evolving significance of mental health within communities.
  2. Resource Assessment and Network Building: Participants will identify and evaluate existing mental health resources and networks within participants’ communities. The Facilitator will foster an understanding of the support structures available for mental wellness.
  3. Promoting Supportive Environments: The Facilitator will provide opportunities for participants to develop skills to create supportive environments for emotional, psychological, and social well-being for community members. 
  4. Solution-Focused Dialogue and Advocacy: Participants will engage in solution-focused dialogue about supporting mental wellness in work and community settings. The Facilitator will equip participants with the knowledge and tools to advocate for mental health within their respective roles and communities.

About the Speaker:

Camesha L. Jones, LCSW is a Community Mental Wellness Changemaker who serves at the intersection of culture, community, and social justice. She is the Executive Director of Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness, a social enterprise that provides mental wellness care that centers the experiences of Black women in Chicago. Since Sista Afya’s founding in 2017, they’ve served over 1000 Black women through their innovative, community-driven programs. In 2020, she launched Sista Afya Community Care NFP, a nonprofit that provides free mental wellness care and education to women experiencing multiple barriers to care. Camesha’s work at Sista Afya has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Vogue, Allure, TEDx, and Rolling Out. Camesha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois who graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Camesha strongly believes in eliminating barriers in the mental health field that people of diverse cultural backgrounds experience by creating affordable and accessible care that centers on the well-being of the whole person.

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Event FAQs

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made 48 hours or more in advance of the event date will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made on the day of the event will not be refunded. Please email us at to cancel your registration.

Registration for CEUs

This workshop fulfills the requirements for 2 CE credits. CE sponsorship is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), and credits are applicable to LCSW and transferrable to LCPC in Illinois. If you have a different licensure or are licensed outside of Illinois, please check with your licensure body before purchasing. 


Please note that we require your live attendance in order to issue CE certificates. If you are unable to attend live, please let us know at least 48 hours before the event.


Please enter your licensure information in the Google form provided in our follow-up email to ensure the prompt issue of CE certificates after the workshop.

Event Schedule Details

  • April 5, 2024 2:00 pm   -   4:00 pm
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