WHO: Living Hope Productions will present the Just Heal, Bro tour in Charleston with hometown son, mental health advocate and radio personality Charlamagne tha God and his organization Mental Wealth Alliance which seeks to destigmatize mental health in Black communities while making treatment more accessible.
“Charlamagne’s commitment to amplifying critical conversations and resources in our community is what we need to move the needle of optimal wellness in the Black community. Our unwavering objective is to power high-impact conversations and thoughtfully curated productions that strengthen, educate and empower our community. We’re directly aligned with the collective mission to heal our community, especially our Black men so that they can thrive in wellness” says Hope Allen, executive producer of the tour.
Ignited by the recent uptick of suicide rates in the Black community and its wider impact on Black men, Allen has galvanized a rotating roster of thought leaders who share their experiential and clinical expertise in an interactive male-only setting, including her clients: licensed mental health therapist Jay Barnett, author of men’s journal Just Heal, Bro, Actor/Health Advocate Lamman Rucker, Author/Speaker/Coach Joel Tudman, Relational Intelligence expert Lawrence Adjah and more.
WHAT: Just Heal, Bro is a global initiative designed to help Black men:
- Find strength in vulnerability and mental/emotional healing through education and community
- Develop emotional intelligence and tools for resiliency cultivation
- Cultivate brotherhood and community amongst each other
- Foster Black male healing journeys through culturally responsive solutions and strategies for self-care
In a safe, “male-only” space, men of all walks of life will converge on an emotional and mental healing journey together. The event will foster healing through experiential and clinical dialogue, strategies for self-care and the development of community through brotherhood. Local Black therapists will be on site to share their services.
WHEN: Saturday, July 30th – 12:00pm (FREE with RSVP at justheal.co)
WHERE: Mt. Moriah MBC – 7396 Rivers Ave, N. Charleston, SC 29406
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death in Black adolescents ages 15-19 and second leading cause of death in Black youth ages 10-14
- African American adults are 20% more likely to experience mental health issues than the rest of the population.
- Sixteen percent (4.8 million) of Black and African American people reported having a mental illness, and 22.4 percent of those (1.1 million people) reported a serious mental illness over the past year.
- Suicides amongst Black men have doubled in the past two years
- 95% of people of color will end therapy prematurely, usually after the first session, because of the cultural divide with the therapist