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On Tuesday, May 17, the Mental Health Council of the Big Bend in collaboration with Leon County Government and the City of Tallahassee is hosting its 3rd Annual Be Kind To Your Mind (BKTYM) Mental Health and Wellness Fair at Walker-Ford Community Center, 2301 Pasco Street. The event starts at 6:30 p.m.
The BKTYM Fair is designed to address current and best practices surrounding emotional, psychological, and social well-being. 
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An article titled “Black And African American Communities And Mental Health” states that mental health issues are very prevalent in the African American community. Seeking help for mental health issues may be affected by mistrust of the medical system and often begins with faith-based outreach. Black people living below poverty are twice as likely to report serious psychological distress than those living over two times the poverty level (Mental Health America 2020).  
The Mental Health Council of the Big Bend (MHCBB) is a volunteer entity comprised of mental health subject matter experts, and related stakeholders, dedicated specifically to employing a data-driven approach to assessing mental health services in Florida’s Big Bend region and recommending strategies for improvement.
The MHCBB is leading this charge and anticipates approximately 100 participants. The focus of BKTYM 3.0 is the “Eight Dimensions of Wellness Wheel” to include mental, social, vocational, financial, emotional, spiritual, physical, and environmental wellness for both adults and youth.
Community professionals will present the eight dimensions in an effort to educate attendees on how to achieve and maintain a well-rounded life.
Registration is requested via Eventbrite at this free community event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. 
Adults will convene in the gymnasium and the youth will gather in the game room. 
The event will include complimentary dinner and giveaways for attendees. 
Music will be provided by DJ DEMP, co-founder of DEMP HOUSE, a supportive living facility helping individuals recovering from addiction in need of transitional housing.
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