It’s no secret that there’s a stigma around mental health and therapy in the Black community. No one knows this better than musician Christopher LeMark, who founded Coffee, Hip Hop & Mental Healthafter personally grappling with depression, PTSD and social anxiety. By working with licensed therapists to create safe, coffeehouse-style spaces, LeMark has helped communities normalize therapy and have honest conversations around mental health. Late last year, the organization even opened a concept shop in Lakeview that sells coffee and merch, with proceeds benefiting nonprofits like The People’s Food Drive and Normalizing Therapy University.
Coffee, Hip-Hop & Mental Health is a Chicago based 501c3 charity advocating for the physical, emotional and mental health needs for underserved black and brown communities.