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Join Wilberforce University for a candid conversation about mental health issues facing our communities, June 13, 2024 

Wilberforce, Ohio (June 5, 2024) — In response to the growing need for better mental health awareness in surrounding communities, Wilberforce University is proud to announce its upcoming forum focused on promoting well-being and addressing mental health challenges. The event aims to foster a supportive environment and equip the public with resources to enhance their mental and emotional health.

Let’s Talk About Mental Health, in partnership with Five Rivers Health Center, will take place on Thursday, June 13 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Wilberforce Aerobics Room, located on the campus of Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio. The forum is the result of funding the University received from the Ohio Department of Higher Education for behavioral health workforce expansion and improvement of mental health awareness in underserved areas.

The Let’s Talk About Mental Health Forum will include candid conversations about mental health issues affecting our communities and discover practical solutions to address these challenges.

Led by mental health professionals, the Forum will cover topics such as stress management, mindfulness, and coping strategies, building resilience, and maintaining emotional balance.

The forum is the first of several public events the University plans for the next year. The behavioral health workforce expansion project also provides scholarships and internship support for Wilberforce University students who choose major programs in behavioral health. Wilberforce offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work, psychology, and rehabilitative health.

“Not only is Wilberforce University committed to student success but also the health and wellbeing of members of our community,” said Dr. Kenneth E. Jones, Wilberforce University Chief of Staff, and principal investigator for the behavioral health workforce expansion project. Wilberforce President Dr. Vann R. Newkirk recognizes the importance of mental health for all University stakeholders.

Dr. Jones said that events like the forum empower students and residents to prioritize their mental health and seek help when needed. “Together, we can break down stigma and build a healthier community.”

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For Immediate Release 
Media Contact: Lena Arnold
Phone: 937-508-5532
June 5, 2024

About Wilberforce University: 

Wilberforce University is the nation’s oldest private, historically black University owned and operated by African Americans. Its roots trace back to its founding in 1856, a period of American history marred by the physical bondage of people of African descent. It was also a period when the education of African Americans was not only socially prohibited but was illegal. There was nothing about the prevailing social and cultural ethos of the era that suggested that African Americans might or should be taught or could learn. Yet a powerful idea assumed life and Wilberforce University was born. The founding of Wilberforce University represented a bold, audacious, and visionary example of what could happen when men and women of goodwill transcended race and the prevailing social and cultural constructs and norms to pursue a noble purpose. Today Wilberforce University offers 25 academic programs to students of promise from marginalized communities. Learn more at


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