Houston Matters

Using Church as Mental Health Outreach

Dr. Rheeda Walker is a psychology professor at the University of Houston, and she’s the lead consultant for the Advancing Emotional Health initiative at Wheeler Baptist Church in Houston’s Third Ward. She holds free workshops at a number of African American churches in Houston on mental health awareness. The World Health Organization estimates one in four […]

Dr. Rheeda Walker is a psychology professor at the University of Houston, and she’s the lead consultant for the Advancing Emotional Health initiative at Wheeler Baptist Church in Houston’s Third Ward. She holds free workshops at a number of African American churches in Houston on mental health awareness.

The World Health Organization estimates one in four people worldwide are affected by a mental or neurological disorder at some point in their lives. But Dr. Walker says African Americans are less likely to seek help for it. She believes churches are the key to reaching them. We find out why.

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