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Women in NAACP Committee to host virtual forum

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The Women in NAACP Committee will host a virtual forum from 6-8 p.m. May 20 on the Greater Indianapolis NAACP Facebook page. Attendees are encouraged to sign up for the virtual forum online.

The discussion will be about navigating mental health for children as they witness police violence and a global pandemic. The moderator will be Barbara Bolling Williams, president of the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP.

Panelists for the discussion include Henry C. Dunn III, former Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department homicide detective, Geoffrey A. Gaither, presiding judge for the juvenile division of the Marion County Superior Court, and Kieana Dyson, mental health counselor Collaborative Change.

Dyson hopes the discussion is beneficial for viewers to learn more about the importance of therapy.

“I see clients that are dealing with anxiety, depression, behavioral concern and drastic life changes,” Dyson said. 

Around 75% of her clients are between the ages of 13 and 17 and a majority of them are African American. She has seen an increase in the number of African American parents sending their children to therapy since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those who want to attend the event but haven’t registered can still watch it live on the Greater Indianapolis NAACP Facebook page. 

Attendees can submit questions while registering at indynaacp.com or via Facebook comments during the event. 

Contact intern Terrence Lambert at 317-924-5243. Follow him on Twitter @_TerrenceL_.

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