Black mental health focus of Detroit panel

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Josh Landon, an anchor at Fox 2 Detroit, said it is time to have a “kitchen table conversation” with a community that keeps suppressing the topic of mental health.

Landon moderated a panel Saturday in partnership with the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and Detroit PAL. It was part of the Black Male Media Project, a nationwide initiative to help change the narrative and perceptions presented of black men in the news, media and society.

“It’s time for us to have a conversation that’s been delayed and long overdue,” Landon said. “I want to have a kitchen table conversation on the unaddressed mental health awareness in our community. Let’s remove the social stigma and share positive reflections.”

According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, 18.6% of African Americans report living with a mental health condition but only 16.9% report using mental health treatment.

Panelists included, Kevin Fischer, Executive Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness Michigan; Robert Jamerson, Interim CEO of Detroit PAL; Dr. Curtis Long, Mental Health Director of the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility, Dr. Karlin J. Tichenor of Karlin J. & Associates; and Rev. L.T. Willis, Behavior Specialist and Pastor of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.

During the event, Long shared a story of his WWII veteran father, who rarely showed emotion, and explained how the environment children are exposed to can impact them all their lives.

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