When it comes to mental health, black men often go underserved and undiagnosed due to the stigmas surrounding mental health. Darian Hall is looking to change that with the opening of Heal Haus in Brooklyn.
Heal Haus is a wellness studio and cafe that focuses on mental health by not only providing therapy, but also yoga, meditation, reiki energy healing and various workshops. They also focus on the body, offering CBD-infused facials, acupuncture and massages.
With the opening of Heal Haus, Hall is hoping to provide a space that promotes self-care that is more welcoming to men.
“Many of the spaces did not feel inclusive,” Hall told Watch the Yard. “I would walk into a mediation or yoga studio and not see any people of color or men. These spaces also didn’t have a vibe where I could see myself wanting to hangout at. With HealHaus, we decided to create what was missing in the market. Most of our practitioners are people of color and when you come to the space many people say it feels like “home.”
Heal Haus’ cafe offers smoothies, elixirs and medicinal teas curated by their in-house doctor.
Hall also wanted to provide a space where men can be vulnerable and prioritize their mental health.
“We tend to keep our stresses and things that we wrestle with to ourselves for fear of showing weakness. This mentality has not benefited us and its time we change that narrative. I want it to be cool for men of color to take therapy, to jump in a meditation class and to just check-in on themselves. So many people are dealing with anxiety, stress and sometimes depression, but feel like they have to keep it to themselves. I want them to know HealHaus is a safe space where they can be real and just breathe.”
Heal Haus is located on 1082 Fulton Street in the heart of Brooklyn.
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