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Mental health awareness event geared toward Black Iowans to be held on May 6


As part of its Make It OK campaign, the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, together with Black community leaders, is hosting an event to help raise awareness of mental health in the Black community. The Back the Black event will be held on the afternoon of May 6 at Drake University’s Olmsted Center. “Its purpose will be to gather in a way that our community finds welcoming, including food and music; explain the campaign, answer questions about the campaign, and help our community get familiar with using its benefits and resources,” event organizer Courageous Fire said in an email. According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, Black U.S. adults are more likely than white adults to report persistent symptoms of emotional distress, yet only 1 in 3 Black adults with mental illness receive treatment.

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