National Black Men and Mental Health Tour stops in Dallas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A national mental health tour, focused on black men and their health, will take place in Moody Performance Hall at 2520 Flora Street in Dallas on Thursday, May 12.

The event will feature actor/Speark Lamman Rucker, The Potter’s House Dallas associate pastor Joel Tudman, former pro baller turned licensed therapist Jay Barnett, and more.

“In an event like this, you hear someone normalize what you’ve been through,” Barnett said. “That way you know you’re not alone. I wanted to give guys a chance to not only express their thoughts, but also have a space to unpack things that they have a hard time putting into words because most of us didn’t get that as young guys.”

The event called “Just Heal, Bro” originated from Barnett’s diary. He said he wanted to create a safe space for men to come together and talk about their traumas, their fears and being vulnerable. Something Rucker said was invaluable.

“Just give each other a chance to say I’m not okay. Even if I’m not okay right now, I’m not always okay,” Rucker said.

Reflected in Tudman’s mind.

“What Jay has done is have a group of men come together and bleed together, which doesn’t normally happen outside of sports,” Tudman said.

In a virtual interview, they said it was important for them to be a part of this event, given the latest statistics emerging about black men and their mental health.

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among black adolescents aged 15-19 and the second leading cause of death among black adolescents aged 10-14
  • African American adults are 20% more likely to have mental health problems than the rest of the population.
  • Sixteen percent (4.8 million) of black and African American people reported having a mental illness, and 22.4 percent of those (1.1 million people) reported a serious mental illness in the past year.
  • The suicide rate among black men has doubled in the past two years
  • 95% of people of color end therapy prematurely, usually after the first session, because of the cultural divide with the therapist.

The ‘Just Heal, Bro’ event on Thursday is a free event with registration.

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