At the end of 2019, IBREA opened Harlem Brain, a holistic training center at the heart of Harlem, New York City. After working over the past 4 years with youth living in Harlem, IBREA recognized that many young people in the community and their families suffer from a variety of physical health issues, high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, lack of focus and motivation. Harlem Brain offers a space where they can improve their health, calm their mind and regain their strength and focus.
Harlem is a vibrant, growing neighborhood in NYC, with a lot of potential for growth and social change. At the same time, it is one of the lowest ranking neighborhoods in terms of education, housing and employment, while tobacco and alcohol consumption, obesity, diabetes, as well as mental health stigma, among other health factors, rank well above the average levels in other neighborhoods of New York City.
These problems, according to our experience, are not so much related to lack of means or access to services, but more so, they are related to people's mindsets. Despite the many socio-economic challenges they face, it is in the daily choices of each individual that they can find solutions. This requires training and focus. That's what our program is all about - it helps participants get deeply in touch with their body & mind to unleash their own potential to make real changes in their life.
This not only helps them change habits, self-regulate, improve behaviors, reframe their perspectives, and thus solve or prevent the many problems that come with unhealthy attitudes and choices, but also reduces costs/money and time spent trying to find a 'technical fix' which in the end does not guarantee a long term effect. Doctors and medication, or technical support, or a good salary, can help make life easier, but such things don't solve our problems to the root and are not sustainable.