“Healing Path Wellness is about so much more than mental health awareness, it is about challenging ideas and pausing judgment.”
Public health nurse Sulekha Ibrahim founded Healing Path Wellness Services with a unique purpose: to confront the stigma surrounding mental health services and deliver the support marginalized communities need to thrive. Her wellness clinic is an integrative practice primarily serving immigrants, refugees, and people of color in South Minneapolis.
Located just two miles from the site of George Floyd’s murder, Healing Path recognizes that disparity is prevalent among the Twin Cities’ most vulnerable residents.
With that, Healing Path’s mission is to increase access to culturally-proficient health and mental health services. The clinic seeks to heal the effects of stress and trauma, through the teaching and practice of mind-body modalities. Ibrahim’s team—composed of clinical social workers, licensed counselors, marriage and family therapists, and culturally-competent interpreters—reflects the diversity of Minneapolis and understands the challenges marginalized communities face.
Current services include cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, peer support groups, nutrition education courses, and integrative health practice sessions. In the near future. Her vision is to expand the clinic and ensure all marginalized communities have access to the support and opportunities they need to improve their well-being.
The effects of psychological disorders experienced by under-resourced groups are vast. Many immigrants and refugees have survived devastating trauma, and the clinic has witnessed firsthand the impact of these systemic issues. And while every client’s well-being matters, there is a direct link between institutional racism and access to health services.
This is where Healing Path comes in. The mental health practice is committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive mental health services to those most in need—no matter their background.
Mental health is a human right. It is a never-ending journey—a healing path, if you will. To this end, Healing Path will work tirelessly to build a better future: one of education, advocacy, and resources for people of color, immigrants, and refugees.
The work we do at the clinic is a form of social justice because we are at the frontlines in terms of providing health education, resources, and helping our community heal,” says Ibrahim. “At Healing Path, we want to transform our community!”
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