Rising Above Stigma Conference tackles attitudes toward mental illness and substance abuse in Hispanic community
Gonzalo Cadima, Ismael Cala, Kathleen Cannon and Joe Rada Maria Hernandez, Chief Program Officer, United Way of Broward County; Ismael Cala, Keynote Speaker; and Gonzalo Cadima Dr. Laura Ganci, Ana Valladares, Myriam Campo-Goldman and Ismael Cala
The United Way of Broward County Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention partnered with Broward Behavioral Health Coalition to host the inaugural Rising Above Stigma Conference on Feb. 22-23.
The conference’s mission is to challenge ideas in the Hispanic community surrounding mental illness and substance abuse.
“Sometimes the major problem facing mental health is not the situation or the Angela Ventura, Angela Ventura, Jose Rada and Andrea Ventura Roosevelt Jean-Francois, Kathleen Cannon and Kim Saiswick illness itself, it’s the stigma, the taboo, the state of shame and guilt surrounding it.” said business strategist Ismael Cala, the keynote speaker. “What we are doing here is normalizing the dialogue.”
During the first day of the conference, speakers addressed more than 85 Broward County behavioral health service providers at Holy Cross Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center in Fort Lauderdale. On the second day, speakers addressed more than 250 parents and community members in Spanish at Signature Grand in Davie.
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