You Don’t Have A Demon – You Need Help!
YOU DON’T HAVE A DEMON – YOU NEED HELP!
“We need to take the stigma away from mental health issues in the Black family.”
(San Bernardino, CA) There is a tradition in Black families that says mental health problems are really a “demon” inside the person and all you need is prayer to get better. “You don’t have demon, you need help,” says Cathedral of Praise International Ministries, Bishop Craig W. Johnson last Sunday as he introduced mental health day with the Broken Crayons Still Color Projectcreated by the Healthy Heritage Movement.
Bishop Johnson’s comments introduced one of the nation’s leading clinical psychologists Dr. Gloria Morrow and the Broken Crayons Still Color Project to the Cathedral of Praise congregation in two services discussing the need for professional mental health in the Black Community.
Broken Crayons Still Color Projectis an eight-week program created and presented by the non-profit Healthy Heritage Movement at churches in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. It is taught by Dr. Gloria Morrow and Dr. Candance Walters.
“This program is designed for African American women to learn effective strategies to cope with and identify signs of depression, stress, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, and other mental strains,” said Dr. Morrow.
“Broken Crayons Still Color Project is important to implement in the faith community because churches are one of the central institutions for African Americans; and when they are able to integrate spirituality with some of the psychological concepts that are important for them to learn, it really makes a difference,” said Dr. Morrow.
“Our Mission is to decrease health disparities and increase health equity in the African American Community”, said Healthy Heritage Movement founder Phyllis Clark.
“Some people in church don’t just need prayer, they need a pill, or they need therapy, or pastoral guidance. We do our best to distinguish between them,” said Bishop Johnson. “We need to take the stigma away from mental health issues in the Black family.”
Bishop Johnson understands the need for mental health support. Before becoming a pastor, he served as a Peer Group Counselor, Probation Group Counselor, Employment Services Counselor, Social Service Worker, Independent Living Skills Program Coordinator, Service Program Specialist, and Social Services Supervisor.
The Broken Crayons Still Color Projectis made possible by the California Reducing Disparities Project – Office of Health Equity.
About Healthy Heritage
Healthy Heritage Movement, Inc. was founded in 2007 by Phyllis Y. Clark in Southern California. Created to target and address health disparities within the African American community, Healthy Heritage Movement focuses on the wellbeing of African Americans through health education, policy change, and community outreach. For more information on Healthy Heritage go to: www.HealthyHeratige.org
About Bishop Johnson
Bishop Johnson is a graduate of California Baptist University with a BA in Religion and a BA in Behavioral Science, he studied Social Work and Public Administration at Cal State San Bernardino and a Doctor of Theology from Pentecostal Bible College. For more information on Cathedral of Praise church and Bishop Johnson go to: http://copim.org
About Dr. Gloria Morrow
Dr. Morrow has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University, and a BS degree in Psychology from the University of La Verne. For more information on Dr. Morrow go to: http://www.gloriamorrow.com/bio.html
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