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Mental health is an important topic of discussion in all communities. To address this topic, representatives from the education realm, mental health field, religious sector, and the Hip-Hop community will come together for a community forum to discuss appropriate solutions, treatment, and to remove the stigma from those who suffer from mental illness’.

Yale University and Every Nation Church, New York will host a town hall conversation on the intersection of mental health, faith and culture on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Guests include Lecrae (Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist, and New York Times best-selling author), Doug Middleton (New York Jets/ Dream the Impossible Mental Health Initiative), and Vicky Sigworth (National Alliance on Mental Illness – Elm City). The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Nii Addy of Yale University.

“This is a great opportunity for all of us to think deeply about these topics and to engage with others in our community,” said Dr. Nii Addy.

This event will include a second-panel discussion with New York City and national mental health experts, practitioners, and cultural experts. The panel will feature Dr. Jeff Gardere (aka Dr. Jeff, Touro College), Dr. Simon Rego (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Dr. Barbara Lowe (Greenleaf Psychological and Support Services), Dr. Warren Kinghorn (Duke University), and Dr. Adam Thomason (award-winning filmmaker and author, Kilns College). Dr. Myra Mathis (Yale University) will moderate the panel. With special musical guests Juan and Lisa Winans.


“We’ve assembled an amazing group of speakers and panelists who will be sharing from their personal experience and their professional expertise. This is going to be a rich, engaging and impactful event,” said Dr. Addy.

Community mental health organizations will also be on hand to provide opportunities for participants to learn more about the resources and services available for those who are in need.

This event will take place on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 7:00 PM at the Salvation Army Centennial Memorial Temple Theater, 120 W. 14th Street, New York, NY, 10011. Free tickets are available through Eventbrite.