A mental health awareness sneaker ball was held
Posted on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 12:03 am
CONCORD – Former Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jessica Argo hosted the recent Inspire of the Carolina’s Inc. Mental Health Awareness Sneaker Ball as part of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. She helped out as an intern.
The event was designed to highlight health disparities for African Americans and the fact that only 4% of mental health therapists are African American. According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 60% of teenage girls in the United States have experienced persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness since the outbreak.
About 200 women and girls attended the event to raise awareness of mental health, especially for young girls. Sponsors include Food Lion, Pizza Hut and Salisbury’s Greek organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., as well as other mental health organizations, such as Allies, the National Mental Health Association, and members of the Cabarrus County School Board.
Inspire of the Carolinas Inc., based in Concord, provides mental health and community support services throughout North and South Carolina. The group is on a mission to support teenage girls in the community and bring awareness to mental health, empowering young girls and ending the stigma they face when seeking help or treatment.