On Sunday, July 11, the Mental Health Council of the Big Bend in collaboration with the City of Tallahassee, Black Men’s Health and Florida A&M University’s Student Health Services is hosting its first Black Men’s Mental Health Training for Black barbers, coaches, trainers and mentors who engage with Black men and boys.
The MHCBB is leading this charge and anticipates approximately 50 participants. The free training is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. in the FAMU Grand Ballroom and will include complimentary lunch and a $25 gift card for each attendee. There will also be a raffle for a new smart TV.
The training is designed to equip those in trusted positions who, unofficially, serving as counselors and therapists for Black men and youth.
Licensed mental health professionals will provide suicide prevention instruction and certification as well as give culturally relevant presentations on mental wellness tailored for Black men.
According to the NPR article “Education Usually Improves Health. But Racism Sabotages Benefits For Black Men,” higher education attainment does not correlate to better health outcomes. Racism and a continued need for Black men to prove themselves are major contributing factors, which often translate into stress, depression and overall poorer health.
The Mental Health Council of the Big Bend (MHCBB) is a volunteer entity comprised of mental health subject matter experts, and related stakeholders, dedicated specifically to employing a data-driven approach to assessing mental health services in Florida’s Big Bend region and recommending strategies for improvement.