MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (WMBF) – As part of Grand Strand Freedom Week, leaders in the Myrtle Beach area held a forum this weekend to break down mental health stigma.
A week-long celebration of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is hosted by the Carolina African American Heritage Foundation and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.
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A small group of people gathered at a rail depot in Myrtle Beach on Saturday afternoon to hear experts talk about how to improve their mental health and cope with different situations. Mental Health America data also shows that minority groups are most affected by the struggle with mental health.
“This series of events is about putting an end to the stigma against talking about mental health,” said event organizer David Hoosy. “You have to keep it quiet. We shouldn’t talk about your problems. We are trying to make it more casual and comfortable.
To bring more awareness to the community, Saturday’s forum has created an open space to address the challenges people face every day.
“Talk about it, talk about it,” said Houthi. “That’s one of the reasons she said ‘let’s talk’ at the beginning of this forum. We have to talk about it, we have to talk about it, we have to spread it to the community. ”
Grand Strand Freedom Week continues with events through Tuesday.
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