According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “One in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions. Stigma is toxic to their mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment. The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it.”
As a way to bring awareness, the Month of May is recognized as Mental Health Month.
I spoke with Hollis M. Evans, LMSW who has a Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s in Religious Education from Detroit Bible College. Evans founded Center of Behavioral Therapy in 1983 with a desire to provide avenues for the Christian community to receive Christian based therapy. Mr. Evans practice emphasizes in youth and families, marital couples, employee performance, disability claims, and the treatment of grief and loss and depressive disorders.
We jumped into questions like:
A: The stigma of mental health and the black church
B: Is seeing my pastor for an issue the same as seeing a therapist? And,
C: How he incorporates Biblical principles into his therapy sessions?
Then there is my friend and brother in Christ, Willie Moore, Jr. who made a sacrifice during a difficult time for him and his family to become a Partner in Hope. God has honored that sacrifice in so many ways.
Check out his testimonies and then consider becoming a Partner in Hope by texting the word “Detroit” to 785833 or Click The Banner Below:
Paula S. Duren, PhD is the founder of Universal Dementia Caregivers (UDC). After years of caring for both of her parents as they steadily declined in memory and awareness, Paula discovered the techniques for addressing the emotional well-being of caregivers and patients. This week’s “Lunch and Learn” will be on “The Power of Touch.”
Hope United Methodist Church is reaching out to the community with a FREE Health Fair tomorrow. Check out the details and make sure you take advantage of this opportunity for health screenings, Diabetes Education and more! Take a loved one along with you.
This free event tomorrow from 9am till 2pm at Hope United Methodist Church, 26275 Northwestern Hwy in Southfield. You must pre-register for the mammogram screening so click here to register: HopeUMCHealthFair.