SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A new mental health services center held their grand opening Monday morning in downtown Springfield.
Wellness for the Culture is a center that focuses their attention toward addressing the cultural stigma that hinders black and brown people from receiving treatment.
The new location is to help engage black and brown communities in the downtown area and provide mental health services, well as integrate and partner with the entertainment and recreation-focused businesses.
Whitney Dodds, LMHC is the founder of Wellness for the Culture, LLC that she started in 2017. She credits her grandfather for his influence, “I’m fully convinced that representation is half the
battle. I want to show that Black culture IS professional – we don’t have to lose our culture to
choose our careers or communities,” Dodds.
In a news release sent to 22News on behalf of Wellness for the Culture, LLC, Dodds wanted a convenient location for individuals along a bus route to make mental health services accessible inside the city limits.
The grand opening was celebrated on International Women’s Day at its new location at 1365 Main Street. “This is one of my favorite days in the entire world. I feel so strong and empowered, I would love for little young black girls to be able to say they can do something and be their own CEO’s of their own companies, even when someone doesn’t think what you do is important,” said Dodds.
Wellness for the Culture offers cognitive behavioral, interpersonal and multicultural services.
Dodds also said she has openings for several others to join her team.