Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Local mental health advocates to put on Black Mental Health Matters online event this Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 3:07 PM

  • Photo courtesy Peer Support Space/Facebook
On Wednesday, Orlando grassroots and advocacy organization Peer Support Space is putting on their first virtual event, Black Mental Health Matters, a "response to the increased need for healing and emotional support systems for Black community members" to coincide with the first day of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

Aimed at facilitating communication and the sharing of resources and experiences to aid healing, the virtual Black Mental Health Matters seminar is not so much a one-off event as it is a continuing "emotional justice movement," to promote community-based healing and support.

"What we are experiencing in the Black community is collective trauma. Witnessing lives being lost on national television, on our phones, and the constant reminders of our compromised safety consistently, readily broadcasted on social media screens — this has a negative impact on the wellbeing of our communities," said Jeffrey McCary of Peer Support Space in a press release. "Now, it is more important than ever that we create spaces for healing in our Black communities, to show up for one another, and to support each other."

The event promises panel discussions, performances  including poet/storyteller Briannah Hill and comedian Kevin Deane – and small group discussions. The event's moderator is Briana E. Lewis, a healing professional specializing in trauma recovery.

Peer Support Space, a grassroots organization and mental health nonprofit based in Central Florida that seeks to "build, and be a local hub for, diverse peer-led recovery communities" and mental health resources, is putting on this event. Peer Support Space put on an earlier Black Mental Health Matters event back in March.

Black Mental Health Matters takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 1. Register for the event here. Find more info, including Zoom login info, here on Eventbrite. This event is free.

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