In observance of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI Rome and A Liberated Mind Alliance (ALMA) Inc. invite the community to the first annual Mind Body and Soul Conference for workshops, food, fun, fellowship and empowerment.
The one-day conference will be held July 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Russell Family Life Center at Thankful Baptist Church and NAMI Rome president Bonnie Moore said the goal of this event is to encourage people of color to take a holistic approach to their mental health and wellness.
“During Minority Mental Health Awareness Month we wanted to bring the community together to educate, encourage understanding, promote advocacy and provide mental health resources to minorities,” Moore said.
NAMI Rome is incorporating its quarterly educational program into the conference,
and partnering with fellow nonprofit ALMA for the event, which is free and open to the public. Registration is required and breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Workshop topics include spirituality and mental health, grief and loss, peer and family support, universal prevention and laughter yoga. Additionally, a lunch and learn vendors fair and panel discussion, titled “Double Jeopardy: Living above the stigmas of race and mental illness” are scheduled.
ALMA is a grassroots organization founded by mother-daughter duo, Teresa and Monica Burge which provides workshops, referrals and services in the areas of mental health, credit and career counseling.
The goal of the one-day conference is to facilitate an increase in accountability, exposure and participation in the area of mental health by minorities, and not just those with diagnoses, said ALMA president Teresa Burge.
“Good mental health is something we desire for everyone, not just those who have a diagnosable illness,” Burge said. “This conference is about encouraging people of color to take their mental health just as seriously as their physical health.”
For more information about this event call (706) 512-5552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.