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Todays speakers are:

Stephanie Le Melle MD – Co-Director of Public Psychiatry Education at NYSPI

Sidney Hankerson MD- Research Scientist at NYSPI. Dr. Hankerson is studying the synergy of mental health and religious institutions.

The focus of their talk:

  • What factors contribute to African Americans having the lowest rates of mental health treatment in the country?
  • How does someone know when they or someone they love is clinically depressed?
  • Why did you decide to partner with churches to conduct research on depression?
  • What role does the criminal justice system play in providing mental health care for African Americans?

For more information on mental health services within the African-American community, please contact the Black Psychiatrists of Greater NewYork at

Additional resources:

Harlem NAMI-

National Council for Behavioral Health- 

To listen to any of our previous episodes on assorted topics such as child and adolescent mental health, eating disorders, and substance abuse, please go to