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The State of Black Mental Health

A Courageous Conversation surrounding Mental Health in the Black Community

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STATE OF BLACK MENTAL HEALTH
July 28, 2021 @ 6:30PM EST

"This was so informative. I was proud to listen to black professionals in my field. I live in South Florida and although there is a large black Caribbean population here, there is very little representation.  I teach at a university in the area and I also place students in agencies in the community.  I have been encouraged by the conversation last night to advocate for my students and clients in the community.  I want to see more black clinicians in my community."

OUR SPEAKERS

Bro John Muhammad

Host

Co-Founder of the Community Development & Training Center, Inc. Also, co-founded the St. Pete Stop The Violence Coalition which was recognized by President Barack Obama and received National Volunteer Service Awards from his office in 2013 and 2014.

Dr. Learotha Williams Jr. 

Opening Speaker

Historian, published author, and scholar of African American, Civil War and Reconstruction, and Public History at Tennessee State University.

Dr. Brittany Peters, LCSW

Panelist-Therapist

Owner of Center for Wellness & Clinical Development, LLC. With over 13 years of experience in community mental health as a clinician, advocate, consultant, and clinical director. Also teaches collegiate social work courses. 

Mutaqee Akbar, Esq

Panelist

Mutaqee Akbar, Esq- Founder and managing partner of Akbar Law Firm in Tallahassee, FL. Current President of the NAACP -Leon County Chapter

Honorable Judge
Alicia L. Latimore

Panelist

First Black female Circuit Judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida and current Administrative Circuit Judge, Unified Problem Solving Court.

Liltera Lewis,
Educator and Writer

Panelist

An Author, Editor, Publisher, Screenwriter, Founder and CEO of iWrite4orU. Mrs. Lewis served students at Riverside High School (Formerly Robert E. Lee High School), as the only African-American English teacher for five consecutive years. Focuses on advocacy and collaborating on initiatives that will ultimately improve the public education system

Pernell Bush, LCSW

Panelist
 

Native of Seminole County, veteran, accomplished servant leader and community advocate. Managing partner and practicing mental health therapist at K.E.Y Counseling Solutions and instructor at Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute.

Rev. Kenneth F. Irby

Panelist

Passionate educator, pastor and public servant devoted to helping children realize their full potential. Previously served with distinction at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in roles that included senior faculty, director of diversity programs, photojournalism associate and founder of photojournalism programs at the Institute. 

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ABOUT OUR EVENT

A Courageous Conversation about Mental Health in The Black Community. This is a virtual panel discussion from leaders across the state of Florida. Recent data and trends will be presented and reviewed. We bring to you input on causal factors and solutions through the lens of educators, therapists, lawyers, and peers with lived experience. Here are some of the trends we will address:

  • A 2021 report indicates from Feb to Sept 2020, the percentage of Black or African Americans reporting suicidal ideation increased from 29 percent to 38 percent

  • Rates of mental health among African Americans are noted to have been elevated prior to COVID. 

  • Are more Black and African Americans having thoughts that they would be better off dead?

ABOUT CENTER FOR WELLNESS

Center for Wellness & Clinical Development was founded in Feb 2018 by Dr. Brittany Peters.

Through the Social Determinants of Health lens, Center for Wellness & Clinical Development provides training to encourage the development of culturally competent clinicians. Center for Wellness & Clinical Development also increases access to therapeutic care for underserved populations with a focus on ensuring providers are diverse and culturally relevant.

The mission is to respond to the mental health needs of the community through providing culturally competent services to members of the community and training to the therapists who serve the community.

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SCHEDULE DETAIL

Opening: Post Reconstruction: Exploring Racial Trauma in Florida

Dr. Learotha Williams Jr.

Opening Speaker

6:30 PM - 6:45 PM
Host Introduction
6:45 PM - 6:50 PM

Person to be Announced

Announcer TBD

Panel Discussion
6:50 PM - 7:50 PM

Led by Bro John Muhammad

Host

Closing Remarks
7:50 PM - 8:00 PM

Led by Bro John Muhammad

Host

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JULY 28TH @ 6:30PM EST

CONTACT INFORMATION

ADDRESS

Center for Wellness

P.O. Box 22444

Tampa, FL 33622