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Kansas City Conference Is The Intersection Of Art And Mental Health

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Poetry for Personal Power is hosting a conference focused on the mental health needs of African Americans.

Rite of Joy is a mental health and arts wellness conference led by Poetry for Personal Power and centered around Black/African American people's experiences.

When it comes to mental illness, Black people develop conditions at the same rate as any other group but are less likely to seek treatment.

The Rite of Joy event offers attendees the chance to speak with health professionals and learn more about ways to address mental health issues.

Poetry for Personal Power sees the arts as "an important part of total wellness" so it combines those with mental health outreach, entrepreneurship and advocacy to increase resiliency in people and their communities.

  • Sheri Hall, CEO for Poetry for Personal Power
  • Tiara Nicole, spoken-word/slam poet.
  • Anthony Townsend, trauma-informed community activist, mentor

The conference "Rite of Joy" takes place October 14 -16, 2021 at Unity Village. 1901 NW Blue Parkway Unity Village, Missouri 64065. Registration is required.

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