9th Annual People of Color Mental Health Conference
On Saturday, November 6, 2010, The Mental Health Association collaborated with the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) to sponsor the ninth annual People of Color Mental Health Conference. The conference took place at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Wilmington, and focused on the theme “Communities Coming Together, Bridging Mind, Body and Spirit.”
The conference hosted 25 exhibiters, and included a continental breakfast, a hot lunch, a three piece band, and a raffle prize drawing. Workshops and a keynote panel educated participants on topics such as healthy relationships, immigration, substance abuse, social security, ADHD, and special education.
The highlight of the conference was keynote speaker, Ms. Terrie M. Williams, who is a mental health advocate and also a PR Guru to the stars such as Eddie Murphy and Miles Davis. Ms. Williams is the author of several books including Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting, and Stay Strong: Life Lessons for Teens which were distributed at no cost to participants of the conference. She spoke about the importance and impact of understanding mental health in communities of color, and about her own personal struggles with major depression.
With about 200 people in attendance, the conference was an excellent forum for sharing resources and increasing understanding of mental health issues in Delaware. The tenth annual conference is planned for November of next year.
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