A healthier Alabama is a stronger Alabama. Mental health does not discriminate and that is why access to care should not. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – mental health disparities remain a persistent public health issue in the United States, particularly for underserved populations such as racial and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, individuals from lower socioeconomic strata, or those residing in rural or frontier geographic areas.
The purpose of this Virtual Community Awareness Roundtable is to promote broad community awareness to educate North Alabama’s minority population on ways to improve mental health access. This roundtable discussion is led by three important goals: to explore mental health access impacting minorities, identify counseling opportunities for youth and adults, and provide resources to support closing the mental health access gap.
Panelists: (Moderator) Darrell Ezell, PhD, Director for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and our guests include: Jeremy Blair, CEO, Wellstone Behavioral Health, Maggie Minsk, LPC, NCC, The Balanced Life, LLC, Trina McCulley, School Therapist, Sparkman 9th Grade School, and Willie Bell, LPC, Restore Counseling Services.