Following national tragedies like the shootings at Sandy Hook, mental health remains a hot button issue. In response, many communities are following up with mental health symposiums and educational events.
The Warren YWCA hosted a Mental Health workshop focusing on minority and low-income communities.
A licensed counselor was on hand to help debunk certain myths surrounding people diagnosed with a mental illness.
Organizers said they realize the importance of raising awareness about this issue nationally, but it needs to start on the local level.
“It’s also very important for things taking place locally and making sure people have an outlet and some place to get education,” said YWCA associate director Kenya Roberts-Howard. “Education is about the issues they are seeing within their own households.”
The event is part of Minority Health Month.