of Metro Atlanta
  1. Members of the Clergy report depression, anxiety and isolation.

    Ministers often feel as if they lack resources to address their mental health issues.

  2. Epidemic of Isolation and Loneliness

    Older females are more likely to spend a greater amount of time alone, a potential trigger for depression.

  3. The Faith-Based Mental Health Initiative integrates Theology and Psychology to improve the mental health outcomes of the community and Clergy. 

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  4. Older African American adults are more likely to be diagnosed with Depression, Anxiety, and Dementia

  5. African American females are more likely to report experiencing psychological distress as compared with white females

    • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among youth age 10 - 24

    • African American males are 7 times more likely to commit suicide than African American females

    • For the first time in history, African American males age 5 - 11 have the highest rate of suicide than all other racial and ethnic groups within that age range

    • The rate of sucide of African American males age 5 - 12 are twice as high as Caucasian males within that age range
  6. Connecting Theology and Psychology to Transform Lives

    • 1 in 6 Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness, including African Americans.

    • African Americans are approximately 50% less likely to seek treatment as compared with whites.

    • When treatment is finally sought, symptoms are more severe and debilitating.
  1. Mental Health Initiative
    The Faith-Based Mental Health Initiative is comprised of Mental Health professionals in collaboration with Community Members to improve the psychosocial functioning of individuals, families and communities.
  2. Mental Health Conference
    The Faith-Based Mental Health Initiative hosts an annual conference which has grown to become one of the largest Faith-based Mental Health events targeting diverse populations.
  3. Mental Health Guide
    The African American Mental Health guide is being developed, and will contain information on symptom management, as well as a comprehensive directory of therapists, mental health agencies, and other resources.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018


Venessa Abrams:  Closing Plenary Speaker, Award-Winning Author, Mental Health and
Suicide Prevention Advocate

James Banks, Former UGA MVP, and Dr. Desmond Banks discuss how rebuilding their father-son relationship was
life transforming

Shanti Das
Silence the Shame

Speaking Out About Mental Health in the
African American Church and Community

Jewell Gooding, Youth & Suicide Workshop
Dr. Bryan Jones, Ministers Only Workshop

September 29, 2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The House of Hope
4650 Flat Shoals Pkwy
Decatur, GA 30016

Premier Sponsor

Inspiring Speakers Tell Their Compelling Stories
with Expert Panel Facilitators

Charlene Flagg, LCSW, MA
Depression Workshop

Shanti Das, Founder, Silence the Shame, Panel & Workshop Presenter
Jewell Gooding, Director, Mental Health America, Panel Presenter

Anajah Wilson, Survivor of Suicidal Ideation and Self-Injurious Behavior
Workshop Presenter

Featured Workshop
James & Dr. Desmond Banks

Eric Crawford, NCC, Youth Workshop Facilitator

A dramatization created for the
2018 Mental Health Conference