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Symposium examines Black mental health

Systemic racism, the historical roots of trauma, and school-induced anxiety and depression are among the topics to be discussed during a two-day online symposium Oct. 15-16.

The event, titled “Breaking the Stigma: African American Mental Health Symposium,” will take place from 8:30 a.m.—noon each day via Webex and will provide an examination of the stigmas affecting African Americans. The keynote speakers will be Dr. Rajiv Tandon, professor and chairman of psychiatry at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, on Oct. 15 and Kevin Fischer, executive director of the Michigan affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), on Oct. 16.

The event is sponsored by the WMU College of Health and Human Services and The Synergy Health Center, and the cost is $75. To register, visit