People in Charlottesville are learning more about how the African-American community addresses mental health.Wednesday, July 24th 2019, 9:35 PM EDTEdited by Chris MarkhamReported by Kasey Hott
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – People in Charlottesville are learning more about how the African-American community addresses mental health.
Wednesday night, the Thomas Jefferson Health District teamed up with Brave Souls on Fire, the Central Virginia Clinicians of Color, and several other groups to host a panel discussions titled “Black Mental Health: Racism, Stigma, and the Impact on Health.” Panelists discussed the stigma surrounding mental health issues and instances of racism patients can face during treatment.
“I’ve heard in city after city and country after county that behavioral health is a major public issue and I think that’s particularly true in marginalized communities, like the minority communities and rural communities,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. M. Norman Oliver.
The panel was followed by a questions and answer session and refreshments. The event was part of Charlottesville’s Unity Days.