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Mental Health In The African American Community

Carla Hill

Carolyn McKenzie started the non-profit group Mental Health In The African American Community/MHAAC in the aftermath of a horrible tragedy in which her favorite niece stabbed McKenzie and then killed herself.  McKenzie came to realize that the stereotypes and denial about mental health issues in the community were costing lives and ruining families.  She decided to do something to try to make a difference.

MHAAC is working on a number of positive mental health initiatives.  The current centerpiece is a regular Monday night meeting called "Let's Talk About It--Mental Illness Is Real" at which everyone is welcome--people who are troubled mentally, family and caregivers of those affected by mental illness, and those who want to help their community understand that mental illness can be treated, no less so than the flu or a broken bone.

McKenzie joined Rob Maynard on the WCLK Public Affairs Block for a discussion about MHAAC.

For more information about MHAAC, click here.