Raising Awareness for African American Community Struggling with Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues affect the African American Community at a higher rate than other ethnic groups in the US. Social stigma, income inequality, and lack of awareness present barriers to seeking the help they need. We live in a society where treatments should be accessible to all, not just those who can afford them. The Hair Project aims to raise funds for charities to help underserved communities thrive and live fulfilling lives.

Our Mission is to raise awareness and funds to help overcome mental health stigma within the african american community.

Mental Health Resources​

Mental health issues affects roungly 20% of Americans annuall, it can be serious and debilitaing. While there are some methods you can practice to help with your mood. You can contact your healthcare provider or someone at your local community health clinic for help.

Self Care tips

Mental health issues affects roungly 20% of Americans annuall, it can be serious and debilitaing. While there are some methods you can practice to help with your mood. You can contact your healthcare provider or someone at your local community health clinic for help.

Support someone

Mental health issues affects roungly 20% of Americans annuall, it can be serious and debilitaing. While there are some methods you can practice to help with your mood. You can contact your healthcare provider or someone at your local community health clinic for help.

What is the Hair Project

The hair project is a memorial for Douglas Buggs, a hairstylist and an aspiring entrepreneur. He was educated and trained in NYC studying under a Japanese Master Stylist at Hairmates. Excelling at every opportunity given to him and never taking anything for granted. His mission in life was to help people through his generosity, loving spirit, wisdom and courage.

These guiding values will forever be part of the Hair Project. His dream was to establish a salon business and work with his community of stylist friends and family. His passion is what’s keeping the Hair Project alive. The new mission for will raise awareness and funds to help underserved communities thrive to overcome financial, mental health barriers.

About
Douglas Buggs

Douglas was born in Dayton, Ohio, his mom passed away when he was 12, but at the time, he wasn’t aware of her passing. Nevertheless, it left him with some early childhood trauma. At the time, he learned to take care of his younger siblings. He always took pride in the responsibility of cooking for his younger siblings even when he was too short to reach the stovetop.

Doug moved to NYC in his 20s but briefly relocated to Ohio during his 30s so he could  help his grandmother take care of her ailing husband. He loved and cared for his grandmother, continuing to call her every night once he returned living in New York City.

He had an outgoing personality and was the kindest person but didn’t take anyone’s bullshit. He was dedicated to his craft and excelled at everything he did. His positive outlook on life and bright smile made him so special. It was his mission in life to help people and he dedicated his time to do so.

The Story of Us

I met Douglas in NYC during the summer of 2015. We held hands on our first date and walked 40 blocks to the restaurant for our first meal together. Since then, we have been almost inseparable. At the time, he was going to night school while working at Hairmates salon. I was always amazed by his dedication and focus on perfecting his craft and learning about salon management. He had a strong will and determination. The day we moved to Ohio, Douglas drove 12 hours to get to our new home in Dayton without much sleep from the night before.

Over the years, we went on many adventures everywhere, exploring new places and cities together. Douglas had a kind soul and always took good care of me. He was loving and supportive, leaving love notes of encouragement for me to wake up to each morning. 

Douglas experienced personal and career setbacks during Covid. It was one of the hardest things to witness without getting the proper help he needed.

 

Our poshmark story

Poshmark has been a big part of our lives since 2018. I spent a lot of time at the thrift stores finding clothing I could upcycle into bags and pillows. During my trips, I would find a lot of crown jewels; this is what we called high-end merchandise. In the beginning, Doug would tell me where I should shop to find the crown jewels.

There was one store near his salon, and I would go with him to work at least two times a week and thrift while he was at work. In addition, we took trips to Columbus and Cleveland, where I would like to thrift while he took clients. I enjoyed spending the extra time bonding with him since I always missed him when he went off to work alone.

I had made several trips to NY to thrift throughout the years, and he would always help me pack and ship sales even after a full day of work. Douglas was always so happy for me when I found the crown jewels and would listen attentively to my stories. He always reminded me and helped me order supplies, and shipped the packages when he was out.

Poshmark was the one thing that belonged to both of us, and now, I feel most connected to him when I am out thrifting as I think he’s always helping me find the crown Jewels. I plan to donate a portion of our sales to help the underserved community thrive. I know giving back is something Douglas would have wanted.

Donations & Goals

We will be donating 12.22% gross Poshmark sales towards mental health charities on 12/22 each year to honor Douglas’s birthday.  With a goal to raise enough money to create a foundation providing “scholarships” to offer free mental health support for qualified individuals.

African American Male Wellness Agency

Mission: The mission of the African American Male Wellness Agency is to increase the life expectancy of African American men in physical health, mental health, financial health, fatherhood and research.

https://aawellness.org/

Therapy for Black Men

Mission: was born from the idea that Black men and boys face unique challenges and stigmatization, and therefore need a dedicated space for seeking and finding mental health support. We’ve made it our mission to strip away that stigmatization and ease the process of finding help. By providing targeted resources and a database filled with professionals equipped to support men of color, our users can now obtain the help they need and deserve.

https://therapyforblackmen.org

BEAM: Black Emotional and Mental Health

Mission: to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. We do this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts.

https://www.beam.community/

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