IN FOCUS: Mental Health Awareness

Statistics from NAMI PA (National Alliance on Mental Illness) say that 1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime and that every American is impacted through their friends and family. Jennifer’s guests include Maria Boswell, Department of Behavioral Health for the City of Philadelphia as well as Carol Caruso, NAMI PA. Both experts shared information on where people in the Delaware Valley can get help in addition to information on warning signs including excessive worry or fear and extreme mood changes. Farida Saleem-Boyer, marriage and family therapist and Jaynay C. Johnson, author of the book, “Dear Teen Self” also join Jennifer. They discussed various issues including advocating for more people of color to seek help, as well as aspects of depression and the black “superwoman syndrome.” And, they talked about their Black Brain Conference. Tiffany, who herself says she sought help from a therapist shares her story and advocating for greater resources and mental health awareness. “In Focus” airs Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to Noon on PHL17.