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Black Youth Resilience in Minneapolis

Black teens and young adults in Minnesota are challenged by the politicization of race, the killing of George Floyd and the COVID-19 pandemic, all disproportionately affecting their communities. At the same time, Black youth face inadequate access to well-being support and representative mental health providers. How are young Black people staying resilient amid persistent institutional racism?

Call to Mind correspondent Alisa Roth hosts an in-depth, interactive virtual town hall discussion. The free event is co-produced by American Public Media’s Call to Mind and MPR News as part of the Well Beings Youth Mental Health Project and its Well Beings Tour, presented by WETA. The discussion will be recorded for broadcast, content may be used by Well Beings and its partners.

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Well Beings is a national campaign from public media, in collaboration with a coalition of partners, including PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs and their student journalists, created to address America’s health needs. The campaign debuts with the Youth Mental Health Project, emphasizing youth’s mental health and voices to raise awareness, address stigma, and encourage compassion.

The Well Beings Tour is making its way to 34 cities across the country, 2020 – 2022, in collaboration with public media stations, local community organizations, national sponsors, and partners. Through resources, panel discussions, youth storytelling, performances, Mental Health First Aid Training, and more, the Well Beings Tour will convene and connect communities in a joint effort to address stigma and raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing.

Call to Mind is American Public Media’s initiative to foster new conversations about mental health. Call to Mind is bringing mental health conversations into the open, increasing public knowledge and engagement, to empower people to find the support they want and need.

MPR News’ In Focus is a series of convenings we are committed to leading over the next year on Minnesota’s persistent racial disparities. Through conversations with community leaders that are shaped by our curious, engaged audience, MPR hopes to encourage new connections and relationships that will help Minnesota communities make progress toward equity and inclusion.

The Well Beings Tour is a series of community-based outreach events hosted by local public media stations across the country to demystify and normalize mental health matters, address discrimination and stigma, and encourage compassion.

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About The Tour

The Well Beings Tour is making its way to cities across the country, hosted in partnership with local public media stations to present impactful experiences that connect audiences with mental health resources in the local community, strengthen community connections, and destigmatize mental health challenges. The Tour features moderated public discussions that share information and volunteer opportunities from local community and national organizations. The Tour is fostering new conversations about mental health through these local events — live or virtual, based on local public health conditions.

All Events is a mental health resource, not a crisis or suicide response website. If you are in crisis, or experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988. The service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.