Breaking the Stigma
African American Mental Health Symposium
Evolving... Silent No More
Friday October 14, 2022
8:30 AM to 4 PM
Live and online event
Photos from this event
Valerie Cunningham speaking at the 2022 Breaking the Stigma event, talking about how racial disparities in mental health and addiction treatment create barriers to recovery, specifically in communities of color.
Attendees of the 2022 Breaking the Stigma event by Synergy Health Center.
J. R. Reynolds speaking at the 2022 Breaking the Stigma event, talking about the unforgiving mental health effects caused by racial trauma perpetrated on African American adults and youth using social media and other mass media.
The Synergy Health Center's 4th Annual Symposium
The fourth annual African American Mental Health Symposium (AAMHS) will be held on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services building in Kalamazoo, MI. and virtually via Webex. The Symposium will provide a microscopic examination of the stigmas affecting African Americans in today’s society through a choice of 6 breakout sessions, 2 keynote speakers and a closing discussion. Social Work, Nursing, and McBAP CEUs are available. The AAMHS is an event that creates a platform to bring awareness to businesses, professionals, educators, advocators, clergy, individuals, family members, and consumers nationwide that will illuminate the mental health experiences of the black culture. The event will create opportunities for greater discussion on current racial issues, provide culturally relevant and competent mental health training, explore ways to navigate through systematic racism as its traumatic impact on the black culture, and offer systems of care, help people to get the best and support and advocacy.
Schedule of Events
- 8:30 a.m. Welcome
- 8:40 a.m. Keynote
- 9:30 a.m. Networking/Vendors
- 9:50-10:50 a.m. Session I
- 11 a.m.-Noon Session II
- Noon-1 p.m. Lunch
- 1-2:20 p.m. Afternoon Keynote
- 2:30-3:30 p.m. Session III
- 3:30-4 p.m. Conclusion
- Social Work, Nursing and McBap CEU’s available
- CEUs (in person or virtual) $99
- Non-CEU registration $80
- Discounted student rate $60
Those who attend will have the chance to listen to experts discuss how to help people understand the stigmas associated with African American mental health. The African American Mental Health Symposium is a massive, yet necessary undertaking to assist in Breaking the Stigma and moving the unbalanced needle towards equal access, equity, and justice for all.