Our History

Building A Better Culture


The Confess Project is committed to building a culture of mental health for boys and men of color through capacity building, advocacy, organizing and movement building. We believe in a world without barriers to stigma and shame.


Confess -To Declare, Admit, or State emotions and past traumas that may hinder the healing process.

Ever been told to “man up” when all you wanted to do is cry? Wished there was someone to talk to who understood where you were coming from? Had a moment when all the -isms in life were too much to bear? 

We’ve been there. The Confess Project began in 2016 because we recognized a need to equip marginalized men of color with mental health strategies and coping skills to help them move past their pain. In the African American community alone, suicide is the third leading cause of death. We exist to help change that. Our vision is a world without stigma and shame.

Founder Lorenzo Lewis’ first talk was at a historically African American church in Little Rock, Arkansas. Since then, he’s traveled all over the country to speak at universities, K-12 schools, and conferences on topics such as “Standing Out to Lift Up” and “One Size Does Not Fit All.” Telling stories about his own journey to wellness—from narrowly escaping the school-to-prison pipeline to behavioralhealth professional—Lewis models vulnerability and hope as well as offers up resources.

The Confess Project is now a leading voice in the mental health advocacy field. Our team of public health experts, therapists, and education professionals design programs that confront taboos and empower individuals. With a focus on the South and Midwest, we train barbers to become mental health advocates. We partner with regional organizations to bring into focus how mental health intersects with police brutality, LGBT issues, gender inequality, and more. Our Ambassador program trains facilitators to promote mental wellness in underserved communities.

We won’t stop until we see the life expectancy for men of color increase, and legislation that ensures it lasts. Your struggles don’t need to be kept a secret anymore. Wanna win at life? Let's talk.

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