Next Black State Conference to Focus on Mental Health – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana weather
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The theme for the 21st Annual Black State Conference is “Black Men’s Health is Wealth”. Mental health will be one of the key topics discussed by medical experts in Indiana.
The past two years have taken its toll on many in terms of the pandemic, job losses, evictions and social unrest.
The black community has been one of the hardest hit.
The annual event aims not only to shed light on the issues, but also to show that asking for help is a sign of strength.
“It’s important for black men and men of color to understand that without their health, all the gear, all the other things that they may think are important or important doesn’t matter,” said James Garrett Jr. , executive director, said.
He said black men are the most likely to skip doctor visits. And living with a pandemic hasn’t helped much either.
“We have come a long way with this pandemic – we now have a better understanding of the importance of our health and of maintaining our health,” said Garrett.
The eight-hour event takes place Tuesday at the Indiana Government Center.
Guests will participate in a variety of health and wellness panels, while listening to some of the state’s top black medical professionals, including former U.S. surgeon general Dr. Jerome Adams.
“We’re going to have a medical roundtable moderated by Dr. Virginia Cane with experts in mental health therapists and also black doctors to talk about hypertension and diabetes,” Garrett said.
In addition to the pandemic, many people have suffered job losses, evictions and ongoing social unrest, Garrett said.
“Looking at your overall health and well-being is not a sign of weakness. It really is a sign of strength, ”said Garrett.
The Marion County District Attorney’s Office will be there to offer a driver’s license amnesty program to help drivers get their licenses back. The event is free and you can register here.