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Exploring Black Male Mental & Emotional Wellness: A Special Discussion for National Suicide Prevention Week

by Janet Dickerson

In September 2017, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement observed National Suicide Prevention week with a special live Google Hangout to explore the critical issue of mental health and wellness as it relates to Black men and boys. Watch the discussion below which addresses the mental and emotional health challenges facing Black males and the larger Black community, and share strategies and resources exist to help navigate those challenges safely and effectively.

Here's the full speaker line-up and agenda:

  • Opening Remarks & Introductions -- Janet Dickerson, Senior Communications Consultant, CBMA
  • Journey to Wellness -- Richard Taylor, Author, Speaker, Suicide Survivor
  • Services, Support & Resources -- Brett A. Scudder, SISFI, The Suicide Institute and NYC Suicide Council.
  • Five Strategies for Transcending Depression and Suicidal Thoughts -- Dr. Phyllis Hubbard, Director, CBMA Health and Healing Strategies; Dr. Monique LeSarre, Incoming Executive Director, Rafiki Coalition on Health and Wellness
  • Closing Breathing Exercise -- Dr. Phyllis Hubbard

Because this is such a critical topic, we ask that you share this event with your networks and encourage them to participate. Feel free to use these sample social media posts, along with the graphic image included above:

  • Wed at 7pm est, join @bmachievement LIVE to discuss black male mental wellness 4 #NationalSuicidePreventionWeek http://ow.ly/J26s30f11Yn
  • Black men, let's talk about transcending depression+suicide. Join Wed, at 7pm EST #NationalSuicidePreventionWeek http://ow.ly/J26s30f11Yn

Bookmark this link and check back here on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. EST when we officially go live. In the meantime, here are five tips offered by Dr. Hubbard on how to cope with depression and suicidal thoughts.

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