YMHLC member spotlight: Mariama Bah

MHA Admin

Mon, 03/06/2023 – 13:16

The 2022-2023 Mental Health America Young Mental Health Leaders Council (YMHLC) represents young leaders from across the U.S. who have created programs and initiatives that fill gaps in traditional mental health services in their communities. This year’s cohort is working to address mental health across many areas including education, housing, foster care, addiction recovery, and state-level policy.

Over the next several weeks, get to know the 10 amazing individuals using their lived experience and youth perspective to make big differences in the lives of those around them.

Name: Mariama Bah  
Pronouns: she/her  
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina (emigrated from Guinea in 2009)  
School: Georgia Southern University     
Leadership and other positions: Founder of Nation of Diversity, a nonprofit organization that focuses on reducing homelessness and raising awareness for mental health through creative arts

Photo submitted by Mariama Bah

Why did you want to join the YMHLC?

I love the Mental Health America Youth Mental Health Leaders Council because it gives young people the opportunities to advocate for mental health, and they support and lead the council in a better direction. The YMHLC has helped me realize I am not here to cure the world or to cure mental health, but to raise the awareness of it and bring people together to show compassion and love for others – because we all struggle with mental health. Since I have joined the Leaders Council, my work has doubled, and I have more opportunities with people around the world trying to connect with my nonprofit. I am so grateful for this opportunity.

Tell us about your work and interests.

My nonprofit focuses on helping adolescents and adults to focus on their mental health to prevent them from being homeless. We do this by providing a peer group creative arts space, doing all types of arts to talk about mental health and support one another while creating at the same time. I feel like we are all too close to being homeless, and every day we have to work extra hard mentally to be comfortable in this world. Every other week we give to people experiencing homelessness hot meals and hygiene kits, along with some inspiring artwork to keep going and local resources for shelter and therapy needs.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned from other YMHLC members?

We are here to raise awareness and help others as much as we can in the midst of all that we have to take care of ourselves. We all get so caught up giving to others, which as a person who loves to give will never stop, but I need to take care of myself in the process, too, and to keep remembering that I am not here to cure mental health.

What are your mental health advocacy goals?

I want to store confidence in people and make them realize they are special, that each one of us in this world is different and we all have a purpose and something to offer and teach one another. I believe we all have special gifts, and we can utilize those gifts to spread love.Just because you have anxieties, depression, or other illness, it doesn’t define you. You are still beautiful.

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The Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center will house a “state of the art” Outreach Community Resource Center, that will provide case management, mental health community advocacy, and oversight from the M.I. Mother’s Keeper mental health advocates. 
The Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center will offer patrons access to immediate coverage by general surgeons as well as coverage by the specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care.
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At Capital City Emergency Trauma & Wellness Center patrons with mental health emergencies that include life threatening situations in which an individual is imminently threatening harm to self or others, severely disoriented or out of touch with reality, has a severe inability to function or is otherwise distraught and out of control, will have access to quality and psychiatric emergency services and referrals.

Physical Health

Whether your life threatening medical emergency involves excessive or uncontrollable bleeding, head injury. difficulty with breathing, severe pain, heart attack, vision impairments, stroke, physically collapsing, or seizure related, rest assured that our professionals will properly assess and evaluate the level of response that will be most needed to help provide stabilized care solutions and minimize complications as well as reduce early mortality.

Holistic Healthcare

We offer healthcare solutions that will support the whole person which includes their physical, psychological, emotional, social, & spiritual wellbeing. Research supports that because your mental state can affect your overall health we support and offer the inclusion of complimentary and alternative medicine(CAM) practitioners and naturopathic doctor recommendations and referrals as a part of our Outreach Community Resource Center’s care regimen and support.


Emergency care can typically result in traumatic injuries for which rehabilitation becomes an essential component of care in trying to achieve the best long-term outcomes for the patient. In addition to speeding up recovery times and helping to prevent further complications, rehabilitative care also helps to support a patient’s self-managed recovery once discharged from our facility. Our Outreach Community Resource Center works closely with our trauma center’s discharge department to assure that patrons requiring these services are linked with qualified professionals who will be accountable to the standard of care required to help the patron be successful in their recovery.

Social Services

Our “state of the art” Outreach Community Resource Center intends to promote “expansive” beneficial community enriching services, programs, case management, & linkage to “approved” partner resources and supports in all of the following intended areas and more:

Social Services

  • Clothing
  • Food Pantry
  • Housing/Shelter
  • I.D. Credentials
  • Senior Wellness Check
  • Toiletries
  • Transportation
  • Etc.

Extended Family Services

  • Child Care
  • Credit Counseling
  • Family Court Services
  • Legal Aide

Career Training

  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Computer/Graphics Training
  • Culinary Program  
  • GED Courses
  • Hospitality Training
  • Job Etiquette & Grooming
  • Resume’ Prep
  • Sales Training
  • Software/Technology workshops
  • Small Business Training

Return Citizen
Program Partner
(Bridging the Gap)

  • Case Management
  • Temporary Boarding/Housing
  • Transitional Program Registration

Prevention/Intervention Outreach,
Workshops, & Programs

  • After-school Behavioral Health Program
  • Civic Engagement / Volunteer Sign-up
  • Fatherhood Rites of Passage
  • Gun Violence Town Hall Forum
  • Life Coaching & Coping Strategies
  • Marriage Counseling Workshops
  • Medicare Informational Workshops
  • Mentorship Training
  • Parental Classes
  • Support Groups
  • Town Hall Discussions
  • Violence De-Escalation Training
  • Voter Registration

Nutritional Outreach

  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Dietary Programs
  • Exercise Classes
  • Recipe Sharing Workshops
  • Meal Prep

Community Outreach

The Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition is partnering with the M.I. Mother’s Keeper Mental Health advocacy organization to provide outreach services on the community level as an aid in reducing the existent health inequities that many District citizens are facing as a direct result of the presence of debilitating social determinants and the lack of culturally appropriate care choices and realities for community members residing in marginalized and lower-income communities.

It is the vision and intentions of the M.I. Mother’s Keeper Mental Health Advocates organization to help improve the quality of living for citizens living in our Nation’s Capital and beyond by overseeing the delicate linkage to services and by maintaining higher standards of care accountability for deserving citizens of the Nation’s Capital.

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