Addressing the stigma of mental illness is important at any time, but particularly so now. The collective trauma the nation and especially under-resourced communities of color experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic impacted mental health profoundly. Long periods of social isolation and economic uncertainty overwhelmed many adults – particularly those with existing mental health challenges.


This ECS forum session will:

    • Suggest ways to address and overcome the stigma of mental health in low-income communities of color
    • Help people understand how culturally competent mental health providers of color can effectively serve communities
    • Make clear how to access mental health resources and programs in West Philadelphia and across the Philadelphia region


Pamela Egleston, Director of Health and Wellness, Episcopal Community Services Philadelphia


Victoria Moon, Community Engagement Specialist and Psychotherapist, Oshun Family Center / Andrea Ashman, Outpatient Supervisor and Acting Director, Malvern Community Health Services/ Douglas McNeill Reed, Former Director of Partnerships, Black Men Heal

Victoria Moon
Andrea Ashman