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Is it the "stigma" of getting mental health services that keeps more African-Americans from seeking them? Not entirely. Dr. Arthur James, one of two keynote speakers at the May 2nd Breaking the Stigma: African-American Mental Health Symposium, a new conference in Kalamazoo, cites access as a factor as well.

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A new conference exploring African-American mental health issues opens on Thursday, May 2 in Kalamazoo. Maternal and infant health expert Dr. Arthur James is one of the two keynote speakers at the daylong Breaking the Stigma: African-American Mental Health Symposium. He specializes in the role of race in health disparities, especially black infant mortality.

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The producer of a film about a family’s dealing with mental illness says it focuses on the caregiver’s side of story. Coming Up For Air will be released next year. But scenes will be shown at an event next week in Kalamazoo.

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The CEO of Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services says they currently serve about 5,000 people a year. He says a federal grant should help them serve another 1,000. But Jeff Patton says that won’t meet all of the mental health needs in Kalamazoo County.

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The Executive Director of the Recovery Institute of Southwest Michigan says recovery is possible. Sean Harris says the 4th annual Recovery and Wellness Fair can show people what resources are available.