July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month enacted by Congress in 2008. And since 2011, the Black Psychiatrists of America, Inc. (BPA) has convened a national forum during July in celebration of the month to address issues of relevance and concern related to the mental well being of African Americans through a National Forum entitled "The Mental Health Status of Black America" on Capitol Hill.
This forum has received national attention with leaders from health organizations and advocacy groups from across the nation attending as well as legislative staff from "The Hill". Since its inception, Congressman Elijah Cummings has been its Honorary Chairperson and was the 2016 recipient of the BPA 's James Ralph,M.D. Memorial Award for "Outstanding Public Service". He will once again serve as the Honorary Chairperson when the forum convenes this year on July 12, 2018 in Washington, DC.
The recent surge of public interest in sexual harassment has taken a new look at an age old problem. With more women and men "coming out" to divulge the disrespect and dehumanization that have been a part of the victimization at every level, BPA will focus this year's forum on the subject. With both a historical perspective from the period of chattel slavery to the present, what has been its impact on African American communities and individuals relative to mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well being? How do we mitigate these effects and prevent their continuation in the future?
Please plan to join us for this long overdue analysis of a heretofore taboo topic.
Registration is free but very limited to a first come basis. We also encourage you to support BPA's efforts to address this issue and others affecting our community by considering making a donation to our efforts so that Forums of this type can continue.