Oluwatosin (Tosin) Akindele is a licensed master social worker who is passionate about disrupting the negative stigma around mental health in communities of color. Upon earning his master’s degree from the New York University Silver School of Social Work, he began his career in foster care, working to reunite youth with family resources and providing long-term permanency for youth aging out of care. Understanding that mental health is directly correlated to an individual’s physical and spiritual wellbeing, as a founding Social Worker at CCM’s Ruby’s Place, Oluwatosin deployed an overall wellness approach to treating clients who struggled with mental health and alcohol/drug addictions. He pioneered interventions that catered to clients’ emotional and spiritual wellbeing, physical and nutritional health, and mental wellness. Currently, Oluwatosin works as a school social worker, providing psychotherapy to high school students dealing with mental and emotional hardships that directly effect their adjustment and performance in and outside of the school community.