Mental Health Initiative for Sickle Cell Warriors, Inc.

Mental Health Initiative to Support Warriors (patients & families) Living with Sickle Cell Disease, a rare disease that predominantly affects minorities and BIPOC.

This September, Sickle Cell Warriors is proud to announce the launch of our new Mental Health Initiative (MHI).  Feedback from the COVID19 Patient & Family Impact Research Study, showed a direct need for patients and families with sickle cell disease for increased mental health services, counseling, and support.

The first part of this program will provide 7-weeks of 1-hour long psychotherapist-led group sessions to a few warriors.

Firstly, if you are in a mental health crisis, please dial 911 or 999. If you are in a sickle cell health crisis, please call 911 or your doctor. Claim your Spot. Register right now. Sign up today to secure your spot. Dealing with a chronic disease like sickle cell disease is hard. Life can be stressful and difficult. This chaotic year with the pandemic and racial tensions. For instance, some warriors deal with anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges. 

However, the medical system is overloaded. Services for licensed psychotherapy are often overbooked and at capacity. Through the MHI, Sickle Cell Warriors, Inc. will offer some mental health benefits to our patient community. These services may include: coaching, support, group sessions, 1:1, small group, and and psychotherapy services for BIPOC, minorities, women, and chronic disease, rare disease patients and families. This program supports patients and families living with sickle cell disease.

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The MHI is powered with donations raised during the World Sickle Cell Day annual Fundraiser.  Above all, this project implementation was developed with guidance from the the sickle cell warriors patient and family enrichment committee and will be overseen by a licensed psychotherapist.

Each group session will have no more than 5 members. There are four groups. Choose your first and second choice. The group will run for 7-weeks, starts September 7, 2020 and ends October 22, 2020. Each session is an hour. There are only a few seats remaining: You must sign up today as registration for the Alpha class ends soon on September 6, 2020. You can register HERE:

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The times are from 4:00pm to 5:00pm or 5:30 pm to 6:30pm on the following days. In addition, the registration form allows you to choose which group would be right for you. The group topics developed from insights for the patient and family perspective, thus focus on issues pertinent to this dynamic.

  • Mondays: Parents, Caregivers & Spouses
  • Tuesdays: Newly Diagnosed
  • Wednesdays: Warrior Wednesdays for Patients and those with SCD
  • Thursdays: Interested or Undergoing Bone Marrow Transplant or Gene Therapy

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