A Call To Action Town Hall Meeting on Mental Health “Where Does The Pain Go?”
Violence is a byproduct of a much more deeply seeded mental disorientation in the Black community.
We have to begin to better understand our conditions and the historical trauma that continues to play itself out in our day to day personal relationships. We also need a better understanding of how day to day life occurrences impact our physical, mental, and emotional well being. It is only then, that we can begin to address and eradicate these issues.
Announcing a Call to Action Town Hall Meeting, “WHERE DOES THE PAIN GO?” on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11am at The Pittsburgh Obama School, 129 Denniston Street, Pittsburgh PA, 15206 (East Liberty) to discuss the “THE PSYCHOLOGICAL & EMOTIONAL IMPACT OF TRAUMA IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY.”
Our recent conference on Mitigating the Impact of Social and Psychological Trauma to the Social Fabric of the African American Community, held in October 2011 made it undeniably clear that the effects of discrimination and trauma on the mental health of African Americans still exist. There are disparities in the delivery of Mental Health services to African Americans and there is a great need to develop alternative approaches to traditional ways of providing services to African Americans in insuring policies to support alternative approaches are in place still remains.
In examining the disparities in the Mental Health field, our focus for this town hall meeting will be:
• REDUCING THE EFFECTS OF DISCRIMINATION AND TRAUMA ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF AFRICAN AMERICANS
• ROLES OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN INSURING EQUITABLE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
• POLICIES AND BEST PRACTICE MODELS IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE DELIVERY TO AFRICAN AMERICANS
Hence, we are placing a call and welcoming community residents, clinicians and providers to engage in a discussion that can ultimately serve to change the paradigm for African American families and reverse and/or eradicate the disparities that have long existed within the delivery of mental health services. It is our goal to look collectively at best practices and models to address more equitable approaches.
We hope you believe that it is time to engage in a town hall meeting, make recommendations, and develop a viable approach and/or strategy to addressing this mental health crisis. The agenda is simple; however, the problem is a complex political one.
The overall objective of this Town Hall Meeting cannot be fully realized without you. We are asking you to bring your wisdom, experience, and talents to the table. We hope you will be eager to assist in
developing the kind of sustainable action items that will move us beyond discussion and personal
interests as we seek to collectively join forces for a total reformation of the system to improve the Mental
Health Equity for African American children in the Pittsburgh.
Please RSVP to 412-371-3689, Ext. 47 of your interest in joining us! The goal of the meeting will be to begin the development of an action plan to identify, develop and implement changes to improve the educational outcomes for our youth.
SATURDAY, May 12, 2012
11am – 3PM
Pittsburgh Obama School
129 Denniston Ave, Pgh PA 15206 (East Liberty) For
Panel Discussions & Workshops