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Twitter Chat on African American Men’s Mental Health

Live Chat

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Hashtag: #NIMHchats

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among African American men ages 15 to 24 years old. Left untreated, mental disorders can also make African American men more vulnerable to substance abuse, homelessness, incarceration, and homicide.

Many African American men are as likely as anyone else to have a mental illness, but they are less likely to get help. To help start conversations about mental health, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities  (NIMHD) and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., launched Brother, You’re on My Mind: Changing the National Dialogue Regarding Mental Health Among African American Men . This initiative uses a variety of activities to raise awareness of the mental health challenges associated with depression and stress that affect African American men and their families.

In recognition of National Men’s Health Week, please join the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and NIMHD for a Twitter chat discussing African American men’s mental health on Thursday, June 16, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. NIMH expert Matthew Rudorfer, M.D. and NIMHD expert Courtney Ferrell Aklin, Ph.D., will be on hand to discuss this topic and answer your related questions.

NIMH will tweet from @NIMHgov  and NIMHD will tweet from @NIMHD . To ask questions, you must have a Twitter account and include the hashtag #NIMHchats in every tweet. If you have any questions, please send NIMH or NIMHD a tweet or email See you on Twitter!