WATCH 7.2.20: Black Mental Health & Trauma

WURD's Charles Ellison hosts a crucial WITF radio discussion about the impact of systemic racism on Black mental health - & what to do about it

a WITF feature

WITF’s series of virtual community conversations hosted by Charles Ellison addressing systemic racism and injustice in Central Pennsylvania and beyond continues Thursday, July 2 at 7:00pm on WITF’s YouTube channel.

Join us as we examine Black Trauma & Mental Health. Repeated incidents of micro-aggression, workplace discrimination, racial profiling and police brutality have taken a toll on Black Americans. What is racial trauma and what are the mental health implications? We’ll explore the link between racism, mental and physical health.

Panelists include:

  • Alphonso Nathan - LPC Licensed Professional Counselor & Co-Owner of a Private Psychiatric Practice Brightside Medical Associates and Vice President of a Private Counseling Practice Brightside Counseling

  • Dr. Ericka Pinckney, NCC, LPC - Independent Contractor and Associate Clinical Director, Intellectual Disability Services, Keystone Human Services

  • Dr. Altha J. Stewart - Senior Associate Dean, Community Health Engagement at UT Health Science Center-Memphis, and Director, Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth. She served as the 145th President of the American Psychiatric Association, the first African American ever elected to this position.

More information on registering is here.

Share your personal experiences or ask questions that we can address during this conversation. Email us at or share your story using #RacialJusticePA.

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