Mental health, especially among minorities, is often overlooked. In today’s society, minority culture tends to encourage problematic dialogue and phrases which can ultimate exacerbate the illness. Phrases such as: “Get over it..”, “There are worse things happening to people”, “Black people don’t do therapy”, “You don’t have a right to be depressed, you have money” or “Men don’t cry” are commonly heard while growing up. As a result, many minorities steer away from attending to their mental health. In fact, according to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population; with suicide being the #3 leading cause of death for African American men between the ages of 15-24.
"Brain Food" is free and public event in Washington DC to spread awareness of mental health in minority communities, provide professional resources, enjoy poetry performances while simultaneously having fun!
*RSVP IS MANDATORY FOR ENTRY*
[Note: Location has changed to Dacha Beer Garden]
When: Sunday, Jul. 22
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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