Mental Health Stigma Presentation to be Held Oct. 25
October 17, 2012

The public is invited to attend a free panel discussion called “Mental Health Stigma and Minorities” on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m., in Room 101 of Guerrieri Hall at Wor-Wic Community College on the corner of Route 50 and Walston Switch Road in Salisbury.

The panel discussion will focus on mental health stigmas among minorities and treatment of this population by mental health professionals and religious leaders. The panel will include Tyantha Randall and Reginald H. Shockley, are mental health professionals, Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Tucker Jr., a local pastor, and Heidy York, a Wor-Wic student who has a history of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Randall is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) for the State of Maryland. She is the clinical director of Peninsula Consulting Services in Salisbury and a part-time psychology and sociology instructor at Wor-Wic. Randall received her associate degree in chemical dependency counseling from Wor-Wic, and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Salisbury University (SU).

Shockley is a licensed graduate social worker (LGSW) for the State of Maryland who works as a mental health therapist at Delmarva Family Resources (DFR) in Cambridge. DFR provides outpatient behavioral resources for individuals and families in the region. Shockley’s experience includes counseling and working with at-risk youth and families in crisis situations. A graduate of Stephen Decatur High School, Shockley received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his master’s degree in social work from SU.

Tucker has been pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church in Salisbury for more than 30 years. He received his associate degree in nursing and his bachelor’s degree in history from Bluefield (W.Va.) State College, and his master’s degree in divinity from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, N.C. He also received a doctorate of ministry from Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C.

York, 27, is a chemical dependency counseling major at Wor-Wic. Born in Colombia South America, and raised in Patterson, N.J., York served eight years in the U.S. Army, including two deployments to Iraq and a 16-month tour in Korea.

Area health departments and private mental health agencies will have information tables in the lobby of Guerrieri Hall. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, or to reserve a seat, call (410) 572-8711.