Mental health in the African American community will be the focus of the two-day online Symposium on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 14-15. The two day event, African American Mental Health Symposium: Shifting the Narrative, is sponsored by Valarie Cunningham, The Synergy Health Center, and Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services.
The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day— online via Webex—and will bring more than
10 respected practitioners of African American Mental Health together for an important discussion with
The Symposium will provide a two-day microscopic examination of the stigmas affecting African
Americans in today’s society through a choice from 8 breakout sessions and 2 important keynote
Who should attend:
Mental Health Professionals
Attorneys and Law Enforcement Officers
Hospitals, Colleges and universities
Those who attend will have the chance to listen to experts in the field and discuss:
How to help people understand the stigmas associated with African American mental health
The realities of African American mental health
Generational trauma and how it impacts life in the African American community
The professional obligations of the surrounding communities
The mental health challenges faced by the Black culture
How to navigate the “system” and advocate for the underserved.
When: Thursday and Friday, Oct. 14-15, 8:30 a.m. to noon
Registration includes breakout session choices and two keynote speakers.
"African American Mental Health has a stigma attached to it that you don't see among other segments of the community. Our position as a key provider of mental health services for the African American community is that there needs to be more discussion and visibility on the topic - that's the reason we are offering the Symposium."
Contact for registration, sponsorship, or more information:
The Synergy Health Center
625 Harrison St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007