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UVI to Co-Host National HBCU Mental Health Awareness Webcast

The University of the Virgin Islands will co-host a national webcast of the Second Annual HBCU Mental Health Awareness Day from 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22. The activity - sponsored by the Morehouse University School of Medicine - is designed to raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce the stigma associated with them.

The goal is to foster a more supportive and informed attitude for those who live with mental illness. Along with presentations from participating schools, the webcast will highlight promising mental health programs and present winners from the Mental Health Communication Public Service Announcement contest.

UVI students Elion George and Cirian Phillips, along with members of the faculty and staff, will make presentations during a webcast which will be available to the public on UVI's St. Thomas campus in the Paiewonsky Library Video Conference Room. The UVI presentation is slated for 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The webcast will also be available to anyone interested via their personal Internet access at the following link: Individuals who do not have Internet access can listen at the toll-free number: (888) 946-8410.

Along with UVI and Morehouse, other Historically Black Colleges and Universities participating in the webcast include Savannah State University, Texas Southern University and Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Miss. The webcast is supported by a grant from U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

For more information, contact St. Thomas campus Associate Campus Executive Administrator Dr. Doris Battiste at (340) 693-1121.