Who says, “Being “Black” isn’t difficult? In addition to being “Black,” add in a mental illness diagnosis… even more of a challenge in today’s society.l The Black Mental Health Alliance (BMHA) was established 35 years ago to lead and promote culturally grounded approaches to behavioral health access, quality, and integration for the black community. For the third consecutive year, they celebrate with a reception and awards ceremony.
Dr. LaKeita Carter, Vice-Chair BMHA Board, and BMHA Executive Director Andrea Brown moderated a “Fire Chat” during the Third Annual Dr. Maxie T. Collier Awards Ceremony, where the audience listened to women that are still coping and handling mental illness due to a traumatic childhood. Providing insight into the healing process, and educating others that “it’s okay to not be okay” left the audience with tears in their eyes, wanting more.
During thw BMHA Third Annual Dr. Maxie T. Collier VIP Reception and Awards Ceremony, several individuals were honored in a VIP experience for their commitment, innovation, and brilliancy in the mental health and wellness of the black community. The honorees included: Dr. Alfiee Breeland-Noble- Psychologist, Scientist, Media Contributor, Dr. Na’im Akbar- Clinical Psychologist Distinguished, Scholar, Author, Roberta’s Annette March-Grier- Roberta’s House, President, RN, CNN Hero, Fanon Hill & Natasha Daya – Co-Founders, Youth Resiliency Institute, with Celebrity speaker and moderator of the VIP dinner, Willie Moore, Jr. Guest presenters Cedric The Entertainer and Wendy Raquel Robinson, and guest speaker Michael Eric Dyson gave a moving and prolific speech to the audience; leaving us full, and not just from the food.
With honor, Women For The Culture accepts the assignment to promote the #BlackMindsMatter movement. Inspirational stories such as these help our communities heal. We look forward to a fourth annual event and so on!
If you or anyone you know needs someone to talk to, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. Visit Black Mental Health Alliance (BMHA) website: https://www.blackmentalhealth.com/
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