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"Mental Health is a Team Sport" Campaign Forum Held at Howard University

By Gwendolyn S. Bethea, Ph.D.

Mental Health is a Team Sport
"Mental Health is a Team Sport" Campaign Forum

The Howard University Graduate School sponsored a Mental Health Campaign Forum on April 17, 2015 in the Blackburn Center Forum, Howard University main campus. Under the campaign slogan, "Mental Health is a Team Sport," the event was titled, "Advances in the Next Generation of Digital Mental Healthcare Technology Solutions." The forum was one of several events during Research Week, April 13-17, which featured many of the research and programmatic initiatives underway at Howard University.

The campaign forum was the first of three events that will be spearheaded by the Howard University Graduate School to bring awareness to critical issues regarding mental health and wellness. Recent literature indicates alarming disparities in mental health and well-being among minorities; the mental health crisis and lack of awareness in these and other communities transcends all social-economic levels, both domestic and abroad, indicating the increasing need for community awareness, education, and access to care. By partnering with primary health care and mental health professionals, gaps between physical and mental well-being may be lessened. Future Howard events focusing on mental health will include a symposium during Recovery Month in September and a TEDx special event in April 2016.

Panelists for the April 17 event discussed the latest digital tools in assessing mental health, including the M3 Clinician online tool, current research, that includes a study using the M3 clinician tool in which most of the individuals who indicated a need for further mental health screening were women, as well as community-led programs and initiatives, including an anti-mental illness stigma program. Presenters included William B. Lawson, M.D., Ph.D., DLFAPA, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Howard University Hospital and the College of Medicine, Beverlyn Settles Reaves, Ph.D., Project Director/Research Associate, Howard University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; and Edwin Chapman, M.D., Specialist in Addiction Behavior. Janice Berry-Edwards, Ph.D., LICSW, LCSW-C, ACSW, BCD, Associate Professor, School of Social Work; Zakiya M. Cush, MSP (Post- Baccalaureate) Certificate, B.S., The Medical Pledge; Rebecca Murow Klein, associate director of government affairs, Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, Stamp out Stigma Campaign.The event was moderated by Pamela Brewer, Ph.D., host of WPFW’s MyNDTALK show.

The campaign is partnering with community organizations and area universities in its goal to have a broad impact on decreasing the incidence of mental illness and stigma at the local, regional, and the international levels.

For more information, contact Gwendolyn S. Bethea, Ph.D., at 202-806-7277 or gbethea@howard.edu. Links to panelists’ presentations appear below.

The following presentations are PowerPoint files and must be downloaded for viewing. You must have PowerPoint installed on your system to open these files.

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