Mental Wellness Matters!

We are still accepting registration for the FREE Mental Health Support Groups Program. The groups are open to African-Americans who live in Pulaski County (Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, Jacksonville, and Maumelle), Arkansas. Let's HEAL! Let's end the STIGMA! Let's save LIVES!


According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, suicide in Arkansas is almost four points higher than the national average. Symptoms of anxiety and depression are higher than the national average (40.4% vs. 37.7% in the U.S.). Only 34.4% of the need for mental health professionals is currently met in Arkansas. 65.7% of adolescents who reported a major depressive episode did not receive mental health treatment, which is higher than the national average of 58.5%. Many adults with mental illness did not receive mental health treatment. Barriers to behavioral healthcare include costs (49.5% reported not receiving care due to costs); lack of awareness of behavioral health conditions and symptoms; lack of awareness of affordable resources available to support individuals experiencing symptoms; stigma associated with receiving behavioral healthcare; and lack of healthcare resources for behavioral health. The groups will meet bi-weekly for 10 sessions with a licensed therapist.


The program is sponsored by Arkansas Minority Health Commission, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, First Electric Cooperative of Jacksonville, and Phelan Orthodontics.


Register today: www.bohemiacares.org/mentalhealthsupportgroups





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