Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness in Black Communities


This webinar will review some of the historical and cultural factors that are associated with stigma among Blacks about mental illnesses and treatment. Health care disparities in this population will be discussed along with how to ensure that assessments are culturally relevant and appropriate. Examples of best practices for reducing stigma and increasing engagement of Black communities will be explored. The Central East MHTTC is hosting this webinar in recognition of July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, which is also known as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Mental Health Month.


  • Describe historical and cultural factors that contribute to stigma about mental health disorders and treatment among members of the African American Community
  • Enumerate some of the differences between traditional African values and traditional Western values
  • Be able to assess diagnostic tools and clinical interventions for their appropriateness for use in African American populations


Curley Bonds headshot

Curley L. Bonds, MD is the Chief Medical Officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. He has held clinical leadership positions at Charles R. Drew University (CDU) and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He holds faculty appointments as Health Sciences Clinical Professor at UCLA and Professor at CDU. Dr. Bonds earned his BA in Sociology from Emory University and his MD from Indiana University. He completed residency training at UCLA’s Semel Institute. Dr. Bonds is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and a Fellow of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. He is a past president of the Southern California Psychiatric Society (SCPS).


Dr. Annelle Primm headshot

Annelle Primm MD, 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.

This webinar is part of the Health Equity Webinar Series, an ongoing collaboration between the Central East MHTTC and the Black Psychiatrists of America to increase education and awareness surrounding mental health in the Black community.

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Starts: Jul 18, 2024 12:00 pm
Ends: Jul 18, 2024 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline
July 18, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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