2023 Black Mental Health Summit

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2023 Black Mental Health Summit 2023-08-08T13:29:32+00:00

Black Mental Health Summit

On Wednesday, July 19, 2023, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania hosted its second annual Black Mental Health Summit at Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg.

For Black Americans, historical trauma, discrimination, community violence, and economic insecurity all impact mental health. The summit addresses the unique challenges that members of Pittsburgh’s Black community are facing, how stigma can be a barrier to seeking treatment, and the obstacles experienced when getting help.

This year’s summit featured a keynote presentation, personal stories, a panel discussion, and networking opportunities.

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Summit at a Glance

Keynote Presentation

Darnell Drewery 
Trauma Education and Wellness Facilitator, Center for Victims

Trauma and Mental Health in Pittsburgh’s Black Community

In this keynote presentation, Darnell Drewery, Trauma Education and Wellness Facilitator at the Center for Victims will describe the many sources of trauma and the impact that trauma is having in Pittsburgh’s Black community. He will also examine the far-reaching and long-lasting effect that trauma has on mental health.


Presentation and Personal Stories

Ali Deen, Houze of Waxx
Dana Zang, Houze of Waxx

Mindful Melodies: Using Music to Spread Community Mental Health Awareness

Houze of Waxx is a community mental health advocacy organization that brings awareness to the mental health crisis by way of music, music collecting, programming, fundraising, and events. Members Ali Deen and Dana Zang will share their personal experiences will mental health, as well as talk about how they use their love of music to raise awareness and connect the community to mental health resources.

Community Panel Discussion

NAMI Sharing Hope

NAMI Sharing Hope is a presentation for African American communities designed to promote mental health awareness, explore signs and symptoms of mental health conditions, and highlight how and where to find help. During this community discussion, attendees and panelists will watch a video and engage in conversation about the issues that were raised and how we can achieve mental wellness in Pittsburgh’s Black communities.

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available for the 2023 Black Mental Health Summit. All levels receive verbal recognition during the event and their name listed on NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s website and event marketing materials.

If you have questions about sponsoring the 2023 Black Mental Health Summit, contact Sara Levine Steinberg by email at slsteinberg@namikeystonepa.org or by phone at 412-366-3788 ext. 122.


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This summit is also made possible by a NAMI Community Health Equity Alliance (CHEA) Grant.