EAPA Lone Star

The Link Between Mental Health and Racism

  • 18 Nov 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Meeting - Online Webinar

About this Event

This is a virtual meeting.

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The Link Between Mental Health and Racism

Guest Speaker

Patrick LeBlanc, MA

Founder, Bridging the Gap Foundation

Join EAPA Lone Star as we host this informative webinar.

CEU / PDH will be sponsored by 

EAPA Lone Star through EACC and Philip M. Van Guilder PMHPAC

Program Highlights

Depression is the most reported condition across BIPOC. Additionally, racial trauma can increase the risk of BIPOC meeting the criteria for PTSD. Importantly, stress plays a crucial role in how racism affects both physical and mental health.  There is a huge lack of parity when it comes access to mental health services within communities of colors when measured against predominately white communities. This presentation examines the effects racism on communities of color and its impact as a contributor to mental health/illness in community of color

Racism is a mental health issue because racism causes trauma. And trauma paints a direct line to mental illnesses, which need to be taken seriously. Micro-aggressions, systematic and structural oppression are forms of racism and bigotry that are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to racial trauma.

Everyday people of color experience obvious and subtle traumas:

  • Disparities in access to health services, including mental health services.
  • Denied equal opportunities: education, jobs, nutrition, etc.
  • Use of racial names and/or slurs
  • Unfair categorization due racial bias leading to misdiagnosis
  • Unjustified killings and shootings

Learning Objectives: The Urgency of NOW

Ø  Acknowledgment: The Urgency to deconstruct the stigmas associated with mental health from inside communities of color.

Ø  Advocacy: The Urgency to stand in the gap for those disenfranchised and marginalized individuals and families for parity and culturally competent services.

Ø  Assistant: The Urgency to implement changes, NOW. The diagnosis has been made, it is time to begin the treatment plan.

Meet the Speaker

Patrick LeBlanc is an advocate for mental health. After spending over 15 years working with mental health facilities in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, Patrick knows the value of identifying signs for concerns before a crisis occurs.  He has presented at conferences and workshops throughout Texas before audiences large and small and is known for engaging those in attendance.

Patrick holds a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Masters of Biblical and Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and currently is in the DEdMin. program at Dallas Theological. 

In 2019, he founded the Bridging the Gap Foundation. This non-profit is committed to assisting communities in Dallas with help and hope for those struggling with mental health issues. Its mission is to address the disparities associated with mental health and access to quality care within underserved communities through acknowledgment, advocacy, and assistance to people with mental health challenges. 

“I recognize that males, especially those within minority communities, struggle with acknowledging mental health issues; camouflage or masking these issues will eventually impact the family and the community.  I am passionate about assisting men to understand that it’s okay not to be okay and that the measure of a man is not how much he can shoulder but his willingness to seek help when he needs it.”

He and his wife live in Duncanville, TX (empty nesters, thank you Lord!!) and attend the Concord Church.  He enjoys gardening and cooking, mainly Cajun food (Chicken Fricassee, Crawfish Etouffee, and Gumbo) which makes the wife happy. 

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