More Than We Can Bear: African-American Mental Health Awareness Lecture Will be Hosted on Baylor Campus

Nov. 8, 2010

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More Than We Can Bear, an African-American mental health awareness lecture and forum, will be hosted from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in Kayser Auditorium on the Baylor campus.

Angelique M. Mayes, a Chicago social worker, will speak about her personal experiences with bipolar disorder.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be hosted by Baylor's Tau Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Baylor department of multicultural affairs, the Baylor counseling center, the Baylor Academy for Leader Development and Civic Engagement and the Baylor department of wellness.

Mayes is an advocate and health care professional who has been featured on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and in the New York Times. She received her bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., in 1997 before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1998. She later received her master's degree from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois in Chicago in 2009.

She is a clinical case manager for Heartland Alliance in Chicago, providing services to formerly homeless residents living in subsidized housing. She also has been a speaker for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance for the last eight years.

To learn more about Mayes, visit http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/07/16/health/healthguide/TE_BIPOLAR_CLIPS.html or http://www.bphope.com/Item.aspx?id=266.

Kayser Auditorium is located in the Hankamer School of Business at the corner of Fourth Street and Speight Avenue.

For more information about the event, visit http://www.baylor.edu/wellness/.

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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