Tabernacle Bible Church In Wichita To Host Mental Health Conference
Researchers have found that people of color are less likely to seek out mental health services when needed. A Wichita church will host a conference this weekend to address social stigmas surrounding mental illness.
"Call Me Crazy: A Five Film," starring singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, will kick off the conference. The film provides a new understanding of what happens when a loved one struggles with mental illness.
Afterward, a panel of experts will answer questions about treating depression, PTSD and other disorders.
Minister and therapist Annie Montgomery says when someone has a cold they typically seek treatment, "but what is it about mental health that keeps us in a box?
"We are ashamed, we're afraid, we don't want people to know," she said. "We do everything to try to cover it up."
A keynote speaker and breakout sessions will also be part of the conference, along with resources to find help. The Mental/Emotional Health Awareness Conference takes place Friday night and Saturday at Wichita's Tabernacle Bible Church.