PBC Urban League Hosts Minority Mental Health Masterclass

The Palm Beach County Urban League Young Professionals Network in conjunction with the Palm Beach Association of Marriage & Family Therapists hosted a Minority Mental Health Masterclass on July 24. Panelists for the event included Alexia McLeod, Montigus Jackson, Dorcas Matowe, Matthew Jean, Kimberly Grocher and Dr. Jameson Mercier. The event was hosted and moderated by Coach Debbie Origho. Discussions ranged from revealing mental health myths in minority communities, understanding the difference between feelings and thoughts, choosing a life coach, therapist or counselor and uncovering the signs and symptoms of mental illness. One common myth Dr. Jameson Mercier says he encounters is among his male clients. “Some of the most emotional people I know are men.” He says this goes against a cultural assumption that women are more emotional. Dorcas Matowe reaffirmed this idea when she said “sometimes it takes a while for women to open up.”

July is National Minority Mental Health Month. According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, “African Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. Common mental health disorders among African Americans include: major depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), suicide among young African American men and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because African Americans are more likely to be victims of violent crime.”

To learn more about the PBC Urban League Young Professionals Network visit www.ulpbc.org or follow them on Facebook.

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