Clergy and Mental Health Professionals create ‘Safe Black Space’ in Hopes to Help Heal a Traumatized Community


SACRAMENTO – An event focusing on mental health took place Saturday at Unity of Sacramento that gave members of the African-American community a space to heal after the death of Stephon Clark.

Trauma has been apparent following the weeks since Clark was shot and killed by Sacramento police. Through the protests, the rallies, the anxiety and rage, there lies what can be identified as symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), for many in the community.

“We recognize that we were seeing something that other people were feeling but they just didn’t get to express it that way or wouldn’t express it that way,” said Reverend Kevin Ross of Unity of Sacramento.

Clergy and mental health professionals created what they called, Safe Black Space, in direct connection to a plea from…

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