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NAMI offers multicultural conversations about mental health awareness 

Kate Gregory designed a mural for the inside of the NAMI-NJ headquarters in North Brunswick, unveiling her 8-foot by 11.5-foot mural during the National Alliance on Mental Illness's open house on May 18.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Jersey (NAMI NJ) announced its 2021 webinar series, NAMI NJ Multicultural Conversations.

NAMI NJ Multicultural Conversations, sponsored by Amerigroup, will bring together experts and community members from diverse cultures to have meaningful dialogues on a wide array of topics.

“For close to two decades, NAMI NJ has demonstrated its commitment to providing services to our families in a way that both respects and supports their culture,” Meredith Masin Blount, executive director of NAMI NJ, said in a prepared statement. “Culture, identity and language impact everything in our lives, including the treatments and interventions that we look to when dealing with a mental illness. NAMI NJ is proud and grateful to partner with Amerigroup on the Multicultural Conversation webinar series. This webinar series will engage the larger community to learn how culture affects people’s approaches to mental illness; with the ultimate goal of recovery for the individual and support for the family.”

Facilitated by NAMI NJ’s four multicultural outreach programs – African American Community Together NOW (AACT-NOW), NAMI NJ en Español, South Asian Mental Health Awareness in Jersey (SAMHAJ) and Chinese American Mental Health Outreach Program in New Jersey (CAMHOP) – the webinar series will run over several months via live webinars and on YouTube.

“For 20 years, Amerigroup has been committed to improving the lives and health of everyone in the New Jersey communities we support,” Teresa Hursey, Amerigroup New Jersey Medicaid Plan president, said in the statement. “Through strategic partnerships with organizations like NAMI NJ, we are actively addressing social determinants of health and providing meaningful resources dedicated to addressing racial inequalities and health disparities that adversely impact diverse communities.”

Topics that will be covered include unique barriers to mental health care, and community resources to improve access to care.

To learn more about the webinar series, visit www.naminj.org/webinars 

To register, visit www.naminj.org/webinars/

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