TAKING TIME TO BREATHE: Mental Health Providers and Mental Health

Brian Tate | April 13, 2022

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How are mental health providers assessing the increased demand for their services, as well as such social stressors as systemic racism, hate crimes, the Covid-19 pandemic, the attacks on democracy, the climate crisis, and the threat of war? How is mental health within their field? What can their views and experiences teach us about strengthening mental wellbeing in our communities?

Join us online for TAKING TIME TO BREATHE: A Town Hall with Mental Health Providers About Mental Health. With Dr. Leolani Ah Quin DBH, LCSW, Natalie Gutierrez, LMFT, Mona Masood, D.O., Sherry C. Wang, Ph.D., and Paul Bashea Williams, LCSW-C LICSW. Moderated by Dr. Danielle Hairston, MD. Opening performance by Erika Dohi.

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Dr. Danielle Hairston, MD, Director of Residency Training, Department of Psychiatry, Howard University College of Medicine; Scientific Program Chair for the Black Psychiatrists of America; President of the American Psychiatric Association’s Black Caucus

Dr. Leolani Ah Quin DBH, LCSW, Clinical Director, San Carlos Apache Tribe Wellness Center; Clinical Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Mona Masood, D.O., Founder and Chief Organizer, Physician Support Line; Board Member, Muslim Wellness Foundation 

Dr. Sherry C. Wang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University  

Paul Bashea Williams, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW, Founder and Owner, Hearts In Mind Counseling; author, Dear Future Wife®, A Man’s Guide and a Woman’s Reference to Healthy Relationships  

Opening Performance

Erika Dohi, pianist/composer; debut solo CD, I, Castorpollux (2021); Co-Founder, BLUEPRINTS Piano Series; Co-Founder, RighteousGIRLS; 400-hour Yoga Teacher Training

Panelists Bios

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Dr. Danielle Hairston, MD: Psychiatry Confronts Its Racist Past, and Tries to Make Amends – The New York Times

Dr. Leolani Ah Quin, DBH, LCSW: “Know where you come from to know where you’re going” – South Pacific Islander Organization (SPIO) 

Natalie Gutierrez, LMFT: 4 tips for talking to your Latinx parents about mental health – NPR

Sherry C. Wang, Ph.D: Hate Crimes and Pandemic Lead More Asian Americans to Seek Therapy – The New York Times

Paul Bashea Williams, LCSW-C LICSW: 4 ways to support Black mental health amid images of racial violence – CNN

Erika Dohi: Erika Dohi’s Debut Solo Album ‘I, Castorpollux’ Is a Virtuosic Nod to the 2 Halves of Her Identity – MixMag Asia


GRACE UNDER PRESSURE: Town Halls on Mental Health (April 28-May 26) is a five-week examination of mental health from the perspectives of frontline thinkers and doers who help define American society: healthcare workers, K-12 teachers, mental health providers, activists, and journalists. The series will present frank talk about issues and solutions, with an understanding of history and eyes toward the future.

Streaming on Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EST, from April 28-May 26.

Presented by The WNET Group, home to America’s flagship PBS station.

Curated by Brian Tate, Director of Community Partnerships, The WNET Group.

Promotional Partners

Asian American Federation
National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC)

Series Schedule

April 28: Healthcare Workers: Eye of the Storm
May 5: K-12 Teachers: Lesson Learned
May 12: Mental Health Providers: Taking Time to Breathe
May 19: Activists: The Only Option is Action
May 26: Journalists: Break the News