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2/21-6:30 PM-IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: How to Help Empower Black Families,Committee for Racial Justic

PTA/SMMUSD is sharing this Free Zoom Opportunity from the Committee of Racial Justice. This information is directly from their webpage also found here.

Committee for Racial Justice presents IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: How to Help Empower Black Families Sunday, February 21, 2021 from 6:30 -8:00 pm zoom meeting Registration required: Register Here

The Committee For Racial Justice (CRJ) will be gathering by Zoom on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, at 6:30 pm, to explore a topic that is most pressing in the Black community. This double pandemic of catastrophic civil unrest and COVID-19 is triggering a mental health crisis within the Black community. Families and individuals are seeing an increase in reported cases of depression (adults and teens), domestic abuse, addiction/alcoholism, and suicide. In this Black History month, we will learn more about the intergenerational trauma rooted in systemic racism and oppression that is disproportionately impacting Black families at alarming rates. To help promote the importance of receiving mental health services in the Black community, we will explore various mentally debilitating causes as well as optimal outcomes when clinical services are received. We want to see what is being done to help families experiencing mental health crisis during this time and discover where we need to be supporting those efforts and advocating for even more solutions. A panel of Black Mental Health experts will inform and guide us through this arduous landscape and help us discuss what can be done. Our panelists include Black Mental Health clinicians and advocates: Miyumi McKinley (LCSW) founder of The Healing Black Intergenerational Trauma Center; Nakeya Fields (LCSW), President of Therapeutic Play Foundation; Rayshell Chambers (Masters of Public Policy & Administration), co-founder of Painted Brain healing services through the arts; Maagic Collins, host of Fight the Funk Podcast, as well as mental health and civil rights advocate; and Sir James Baliey, Facilitator of Faithful Fellowships and Humanities Facilitator at FreeLA High School. In addition to local issues, the panel will also discuss LA County, CA state, and federal efforts to address Black Mental Health. There will time for Q & A after their presentations. Call Joanne at 310-422-5431 for further information.

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