African Americans and mental health topic of Feb. 8 discussion

February 6, 2017 | Events, UToday
By Staff

“Real Talk: Mental Health in the Black Community” will be presented Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in Thompson Student Union Room 2500.

“It’s a subject that usually isn’t addressed, so we thought it was important to talk openly and honestly about it,” David Young, director of UT’s Toledo Excel Program, said.



Dr. Steven Kniffley Jr., assistant professor in the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, will be the guest speaker.

“I will be discussing the various causes and impact of mental health stigma in the black community,” he said. “The goals of the presentation include discussing the hidden challenges individuals in the black community have experienced identifying and seeking treatment for mental health issues; exploring how constructs such as racism and discrimination have uniquely impacted the experience of mental health in black individuals; and providing tips and tools for getting family and friends help if they are struggling with mental health issues.”

Kniffley is the author of the 2014 book, “Knowledge of Self: Understanding the Mind of the Black Male.”

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Success, the talk is one of UT’s events scheduled for Black History Month.

For more information on the free, public event, contact Young at or 419.530.3815.

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