Navigating Depression: Early Diagnosis and Overcoming Barriers
Depression affects many individuals, but sometimes it’s difficult to know, “Am I just having feelings of sadness, or is it something more?” This Mental Illness Awareness Week and Depression Screening Day, join MHA and partners as we discuss the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of depression. We will explore what barriers individuals face while seeking answers or care and provide resources and some solutions. Our panelists will specifically discuss the disparities BIPOC communities face in regard to underdiagnosis and misdiagnosis of mental illnesses.
Join us for this 60-minute webinar where we will:
- Discuss the importance of seeking help
- Identify the barriers to seeking mental health diagnosis and treatment
- Explore ways individuals can take the first steps to finding care
- Recognize and discuss mental health disparities BIPOC communities face
This webinar will be recorded and available to the public within one week. We do not offer CEUs, but certificates of attendance will be available upon request after the event.
Meet the Speakers
Tam T. Nguyen, Ph.D., serves as the director of ambulatory care, mental health and addiction care, for Sutter Health. An expert in developing, implementing, and running large-scale mental health care projects and programs, she is passionate about identifying needs within communities, creating innovative services, and executing solutions with an entrepreneurial approach.
Brittany Phillips, LPC, is a New Orleans, Louisiana, native and a current resident of Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a master’s of health sciences in clinical counseling, and has worked in numerous placements within the mental health field, including psychiatric hospitals, community therapy, substance abuse, school systems, and private practice, and is currently a behavioral therapist at Brightline.
Pierluigi Mancini, Ph.D., is the president of the Multicultural Development Institute, Inc. He is one of the most sought-after national and international consultants and speakers about mental health and substance use disorders. His areas of expertise are cultural and linguistic responsiveness, immigrant behavioral health, social and racial justice, health equity, and health disparities.
Palesa A. Osei-Tutu is a licensed clinical social worker with 21 years in the behavioral health field. Osei- Tutu has worked in leadership positions, supervised interns, provided direct services, and has used her expertise to advocate for BIPOC communities with regard to health equity in the behavioral health realm. Her current focus is training and clinical supervision, as well as cultural competency in social work and behavioral health as the owner and operator of Sit Awhile & Heal LLC.