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Addressing Mental Health Awareness, Support in the Black Church

“American Black Journal” continues its “Black Church in Detroit” series with a candid conversation about mental health in the Black church. Guest host Trudy Gallant-Stokes examines the Black church’s role in helping congregants with mental health issues and why it’s important for pastors to practice self-care too.

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Rev. Dr. Carla Spight-Mackey, a minister and licensed clinical therapist at Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network, and Rev. Dr. Tony Henderson, associate professor of practical theology at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary, join Gallant-Stokes for a conversation about how faith intersects with mental health in the Black church, how to reduce the stigma of mental illness in the Black community, and how clergy can maintain good mental health practices themselves.

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Plus, the trio discusses the pandemic’s impact on mental health over the past two years and how the religious community has come together to support mental wellness in the Black church during a time that’s been filled with loss, grief, isolation and other mental health challenges.

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“American Black Journal” continues its “Black Church in Detroit” series with a candid conversation about mental health in the Black church. Guest host Rudy Gallant-Stokes examines the Black church’s role in helping congregants with mental health issues and why it’s important for pastors to practice self-care too. 
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Stephen Henderson is the Founding Editor of BridgeDetroit, and a former writer and editor for the Detroit Free Press, Baltimore Sun and Chicago Tribune. Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary,...

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