The Rebound Indiana: Town hall discussion on mental health for black women

Posted at 9:30 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 17:54:29-04

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INDIANAPOLIS — A virtual town hall Thursday evening will discuss mental health issues faced by African American women during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Indianapolis and Circle City chapters of The Links, Incorporated are hosting "Coping During COVID: A mental health discussion for black women" at 6 p.m. Thursday on Facebook.

You can watch the town hall below:

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Shannon Williams will moderate the town hall with panelists Marion County Public Health Director Dr. Virginia Caine, Cynthia Desadier, and Dr. Renee Gill.

Outbreaks and the death of a loved one can produce a lot of strong emotions in people, including children, Caine says.

"This is a component every community needs to be aware of and know how to address those issues when they pop up in our communities, Caine said.

Because African American women are often times the caregivers in their families, there can be a lot of pressure put on them, Caine says.

"That's got to put on a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety for you in terms of how am I taking care of everyone," Caine said.

The panelists will share resources, ways to recognize mental health issues, and ways to help relieve anxiety.

"If you're ill, you're not going to be able to help anybody," Caine said. "If you're emotionally so sad, those emotions go to your family members to your children and it impacts them negatively. So the number one person we're telling you, take care of yourself."

Caine says she hopes the town hall will help provide women of any race tips and information on resources.