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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
far-reaching implications.

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
speaker addresses. 

Who should attend:

  • Mental Health Professionals

  • Attorneys and Law Enforcement Officers

  • Parents   

  • School counselors

  • Community stakeholders

  • Faith-based institutions

  • 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.

Event Information:

When:  Thursday and Friday, Oct. 14-15, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Online

Cost:  $99

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."

Valarie Cunningham

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Contact for registration, sponsorship,  or more information:

Valarie Cunningham

The Synergy Health Center 

625 Harrison St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

(269) 323-1954




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