NAACP Evansville Hosts ‘Mental Health Matters’ Community Scholarship

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) — The NAACP Evansville Branch hosted a community mental health fair and forum on Saturday at the CK Newsome Center.

NAACP officials say the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated long-term mental and emotional health problems. Organization leaders say they recognized that mental health was a growing problem in the Evansville community and that they wanted to be part of the solution.

Saturday’s event featured guided discussions and connected people with local counselors, therapists and other community members.

“The NAACP thought we might need to shift our focus to more mental health, so I suggested Dr. Strain, who is my president of mental health, that we might move in this direction,” Dr. Gerald Arnold, president of the NAACP Evansville Branch said. “Even the mayor had talked about allocating $30 million to this cause because it’s a very serious situation.”

Rev. Arnold says the NAACP doesn’t have all the answers when it comes to mental health, so it was important for them to engage professionals to address the issue and break down stigmas that have long been attached to mental health.

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