I must admit that seeing all the attention recently paid to the subject of mental health sometimes feels strange. These are the issues that we as an industry have been fighting over, yelling out, pleading for, and banging our fists on the table about for decades.
It is no surprise to me that big tech has “come to save the day” through dozens of quick-solution apps with convenient text or chat options, and a continuously rotating service of clinicians who burn out too fast by long hours and little pay. There is a shortage of providers. There is a shortage of fast acting, efficacious solutions that save money. There is an abundance of opportunity without enough experts at the helm. There is an abundance of goodwill without enough backed funding.
This is where Impact Alchemy found its footing and became established as the newly formed, global leader on the subject of post-traumatic growth and its place in industry for the private, public, and social sectors. This subject belongs in the minds of every executive, in the pages of every employee manual, and without a doubt at the absolute center of any social impact strategy.
Our mission is to close the gap between mental health as physical health by increasing the investment in and the prioritization of evidence-based neuroscience approaches aimed to invigorate interest in brain health optimization across all sectors.
For me, Impact Alchemy’s origin story begins after meeting at an amazing NGO called RefuSHE that serves girls and women refugees in East Africa. Their then CEO, Jailan Adly, was leading the charge along with Jessi Wolz, to deepen their mental health initiatives beyond talk therapy. As an expert in community education and trauma-informed interventions, like EMDR, they reached out to me to support their team’s efforts to expand and diversify their mental health services. I was privileged to partner with Teddy Chakee, a Kenya-based counselor and expert who specializes in working with refugee populations. Together, we embarked on creating an educational workshop on the basic biology of trauma and the science of trauma recovery. This included the creation of language and definitions where they did not previously exist. We aim to continue partnering with their new CEO, Geoffrey Thige, to bring EMDR to campus for the healing of over 200 refugee girls.
After years of creating and leading mental health workshops and executive consulting, I’m now partnering with Jailan, and Leon Fry, the designer behind our branding. Together we are thrilled to introduce Impact Alchemy, a consulting firm that aims to promote evidence based initiatives rooted in brain science and mental health that will improve and transform systems and organizations. It is clinician and expert driven, and backed by a seasoned executive and trauma-informed designer.
Our mission is to close the gap between mental health as physical health by increasing the investment in and the prioritization of evidence-based neuroscience approaches aimed to invigorate interest in brain health optimization across all sectors. Combining years of knowledge, proven method, strategic partnerships, and a little bit of magic, Impact Alchemy's multi-prong approach transmutes goals and vision into cost saving, life-changing outcomes.
Rachael is Impact Alchemy’s authority on mental health, trauma treatment, and performance improvement. Providing us with cutting edge clinical insight in working to de-stigmatize mental illness and to promote brain health education.