THE ROLE OF RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY IN MENTAL HEALTH

Challenges and Opportunities Supporting Youth of Color

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This Steve Fund symposium brings together mental health professionals, religious and spiritual leaders, academics, and youth leaders to explore how religion, spirituality and mental health intersect and how this impacts the support of young people of color in different cultural groups and with different identities.  This topic is one of great relevance and resonance but with scant documentation.

As an organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well- being of young people of color, we are committed to building and sharing knowledge.  This is one of a series of convenings that will examine critically important topics in order to surface opportunities for collaboration, provide learning and inform the work of The Steve Fund going forward.

We are delighted to be meeting in the historic True Reformer Building, in the heart of the famous U St. Corridor in Washington, DC.  This civic and cultural landmark was designed for community conversations, conferences, and reform- mission aligned with our symposium.

RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY & MENTAL HEALTH: YOUTH OF COLOR SYMPOSIUM AGENDA

True Reformer Building
1200 U Street NW, Washington, D.C. 
8:00 AM — 5:00 PM

8:00- 9:00

Breakfast

9:00- 9:10

Welcome
Affirmation

9:10- 9:50

Overview
Speakers will provide a common set of understandings that we will use for the day

Faith, Religion and Spirituality: Working Definitions

The Steve Fund and Mental Health of Youth of Color

9:55- 10:55

Religion, Spirituality & Mental Health: Intersectional Issues With Youth of Color
Panelists will discuss the unique pressures that young people of color face and how their religious and spiritual beliefs mitigate or add to these impacts

10:55- 11:10

Break/Networking
Note learnings, implications, next steps

11:10- 12:10

State of Mental Health & Spirituality Support for Youth of Color on College Campuses
Panelists will discuss recent mental health trends at colleges, the extent to which accessibility and stigma remain issues, and best practices being utilized by both mental health and religious/spiritual professionals in this environment. 

12:10- 1:10

Lunch & Keynote

Susan L. Taylor, Founder & CEO
National CARES Mentoring Movement
Editor-in-Chief Emerita, Essence Magazine

1:10- 2:15

Authentic Voices Youth Panel
Young people of color will share their perspectives on the pursuit of mental wellness and the relationship that has to their religious/spiritual beliefs.

Discussion will also include problem recognition, peer outreach, and establishing trust.

2:15- 3:15

Religion & Spirituality and Mental Health- Either/Or or Both/And
Panelists will discuss issue categorization as religious/spiritual and/or medically oriented, address the perceived conflicts between respective approaches to addressing trauma, identify integrative approaches being successfully employed, and discuss how cross competency can be achieved. 

3:15- 3:30

Break
Share learnings, implications, next steps

3:30- 4:15

Breakout Session
Groups will summarize key learnings; identify research gaps, discuss ways to share knowledge, and recommend next steps

4:15- 4:45

Breakout reports to the whole group

4:45- 5:00

Closing
Planned follow up and acknowledgments