The first-ever #HowICope Health Fair will be held July 20, from noon to 6 pm at the LCCC College Center. Free and open to the public.
The day’s activities were envisioned and planned by the African-American Wellness Event Committee of the Lorain County Board of Mental Health. The committee is co-chaired by Patrice McKinney and Jeanette Willis, with members from various health and civic organizations that want to see increased outreach and mental health education designed for African-American and minority communities.
“This is not your typical health fair,” said Willis. “You might call it an ‘inspiration’ or ‘aspiration’ event, a chance to hear and share stories of success and hope. Our headliner for the event, Archie Green, is an accomplished African-American artist who will share his story of coping with depression through music.”
The event’s headliner, Archie Green, is a musician and an advocate for mental health, having himself been diagnosed with depression. His introspective single, “Layers,” which premiered at VICE.com, garnered over 25,000 streams in two weeks. The 33-year-old artist hosts dialogues on mental illness with Peel Dem Layers Back, a Hip-Hop centered workshop to promote mental health awareness. He attended Morehouse College and NYU for Music Business, and is currently the Community Engagement and Programs Manager at Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (moCa Cleveland). Green has been featured on local media including WKYC Channel 3, WCPN Ideastream, Cleveland.com, and Cleveland Scene, and was selected as one of Cleveland Magazine’s 2018 Most Interesting People.
The #HowICope event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but to receive updates on the agenda and activities prior to the event, sign up at lcbmh.eventbrite.com.
Questions? Contact event organizer Jeanette Willis at [email protected] or 440-541-5298.