Holistic Wellness Mental Health Community Building
Design Ops Lead Sr. Product Designer
As the globe grappled with the sorrowful demise of basketball icon Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, the underbelly of systemic racism became starkly evident. The tragic losses of Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd became emblematic of this disturbing reality. The confines of pandemic lockdowns amplified collective grief and introspection.
Amid this turbulence, Andrew Smith and Tristan Lewis discerned the profound resonance of these events among their peers. A pressing need to address not only contemporary traumas but also those echoing from the past culminated in the birth of 'The Healing'. Beginning as an intimate weekly yoga congregation, it swiftly evolved into a beacon of hope - a nonprofit sanctuary dedicated to the holistic wellness journey of Black and Brown men in Chicago.
The expansive digital wellness realm was our oyster. Yet, the goal was not just to add another digital entity but to sculpt a virtual haven. Through a rigorous regimen of interviews, surveys, and immersive user sessions, a pivotal truth emerged: Black men sought more than mere information; they longed for a genuine connection, guidance, a community, and a tangible sense of belonging.
Black Men across the globe, focusing primarily on young to middle-aged adults. The Healing Chi's digital platform is designed to be inclusive, appealing to those at different stages of their mental wellness journey. Whether a newcomer seeking introductory resources or someone more advanced seeking community support and advanced tools, the platform serves their diverse needs.
To grasp the depth of our task, we delved deep into the vast realm of digital wellness platforms. Beyond merely crafting another website, our goal was to create a digital haven. Through interviews, surveys, and immersive user testing sessions with 13 vital participants, a pivotal realization surfaced. Black Men weren't just seeking information; they yearned for connection, guidance, a nurturing community, and a profound sense of belonging.
From community building to partnership endeavors, The Healing continues to expand its outreach, ensuring that more Black and Brown men have access to the resources and support they need. Through its various programs, The Healing provides a platform for members, including The Enlightened Big Bro, to connect, share, and grow together.
The Enlightened Big Bro is not just a mentor but a figure of inspiration in the community. He has journeyed through life's highs and lows, emerging wiser, more self-aware, and emotionally intelligent. He doesn't just preach; he practices what he believes in.
The Enlighten Big Bro wants a safe space community with access to self-care resources so they can have social support and guidance as they work towards their health and wellness goals.
The Healing has created a community for Black and Brown men that actively fosters experiences designed to fuel healing on an emotional and physical level through the practice of yoga but wants to become more scalable through funding to provide more resources so they can continue to elevate their members and community.
In the vast tapestry of the digital realm, The Healing now stands out as a luminous patch, guiding Black Men towards a brighter, mentally healthier future. By integrating user feedback and leveraging the latest design principles, our team meticulously crafted an intuitive and engaging digital space. The Healing's online platform serves as a beacon of hope, fostering genuine connections and delivering essential resources to a community in need.
The holistic design approach prioritized user accessibility, ensuring that the platform remains inclusive and supportive for individuals at every stage of their healing journey. Our solution was not just a website; it represented a comprehensive digital ecosystem that seamlessly combined information, interaction, and community engagement, amplifying the impact of The Healing's mission.
Our team has meticulously documented all aspects of the design and development process, ensuring that the transition to the next stage is seamless and efficient. Detailed guidelines, including design specifications, style guides, and coding documentation, are being compiled to facilitate a smooth transfer of responsibilities.
In addition, we conducted a workshop for the internal team, equipping them with the necessary knowledge and tools to maintain and evolve the platform in the future. The handoff process is being carefully orchestrated to ensure that The Healing's digital space continues to thrive and serve as a beacon of hope and healing for the Black Men community worldwide.