Black woman looking sadly out the window next to a Christmas tree

Mental Health and the Black Family During the Holidays

12:00pm - December 15, 2022 | Timezone: US/Eastern
Collaborating TTC: Central East MHTTC
Registration Deadline: December 15, 2022
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This session will explore mental health challenges that can arise during the winter holiday season and factors impacting the Black community in particular. Strategies for reducing stress and promoting mental health in the Black family will be emphasized.



  • Discuss stress and mental health challenges that may arise during the winter holiday season 
  • Explore factors unique to the Black community that impact mental health and how these factors can exacerbate holiday stress 
  • Present strategies for reducing stress and promoting mental wellness in Black families this holiday season and throughout the year



Dr. Gina DuncanDr. Gina Newsome Duncan is an adult psychiatrist in private practice at Eastover Psychological & Psychiatric Group in Charlotte, North Carolina. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Hampton University, her M.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed her general psychiatry internship and residency at Harvard at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. Before going into private practice, Dr. Duncan held academic and administrative appointments at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Augusta University in Augusta, GA where she served as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and as the Associate Dean for Admissions for MCG. Dr. Duncan’s clinical focus is on the use of medication management and psychotherapy in the treatment of adult mood and anxiety disorders as well as ADHD. Her other areas of special interest include the intersection of spirituality and psychiatry, disparities in health and achievement that disproportionately affect underserved communities, strength-based approaches to building resilience, and faith- and community-based approaches to addressing disparities in mental health. Dr. Duncan regularly presents and provides consultation to community and faith-based groups as well as academic and professional organizations. She is currently the lead mental health expert for the Steve Fund’s Families Healing Together Campaign.



Annelle PrimmAnnelle Primm, M.D., MPH is the Senior Medical Director of the Steve Fund, an organization focused on the mental health of young people of color. She is also a member of the Black Psychiatrists of America Council of Elders.








Mental health professionals, community health advocates and the general public