COLOR Presents: Lunch & Learn (L&L) is an interactive webinar series that offers insightful thought leadership and resources for professionals of Color.


COLOR Presents: Lunch & Learn
The Impact on African American Mental Health during COVID-19
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.
Presented on Zoom 

Lift the Mask

Lift the Mask portrays a diverse group of people living with mental illness. Through vivid storytelling, the documentary provides a platform for the subjects and their caregivers to relate their experiences. Detailed interviews and examinations of their lives capture the struggles, as well as the joys and triumphs of those affected by mental health issues. Watch the trailer below:

For more information or to request a screening visit The Quell Foundation




  • SAMSHA – Disaster Distress Helpline-1-800-985-5990 24/7, text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime. 



  • Association of Black Psychologists – “Our mission and destiny is the liberation of the African mind, empowerment of the African Character, and enlivenment and illumination of the African spirit.”
  • Black Mental Health Alliance – “We aim to develop, promote and sponsor trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings, and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and other vulnerable communities.” 
  • The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation – “Our vision is to eradicate the stigma around mental health issues in the African-American community.” 
  • Kennedy Forum Illinois  – “Our mission is to end stigma, discrimination against people with mental health and addiction challenges with the aim to not just to change the conversation, but to change the system.” 
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness 
  • National Institute of Mental Health Educational Resources – is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders
  • Psych Hub – has the world’s largest online platform of digital education on mental health issues 
  • The Quell Foundation strives to reduce the number of suicides, overdoses, and the incarceration of people with mental health illness. The organization encourages people to share their stories, works to increase access to mental health services, provide a pipeline of future mental health care professionals with scholarships, and train first responders to recognize mental health crisis warning signs amongst their own
  • Therapy for Black Girls is a free online service that aims to reduce the stigma of mental health treatment and help African American women, including students, find a local community-based therapist.
  • The Steve Fund is the nation’s only organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color.  The Steve Fund works with colleges and universities, non-profits, researchers, mental health experts, families, and young people to promote programs and strategies that build understanding and assistance for the mental and emotional health of the nation’s young people of color. 

Additional Resources from Dr. Phyllis Hubbard

Our Expert Speakers

 Expert Panelist: Marissa Alert, PhD

Clinical Psychologist; Associate Director — Johns Hopkins HealthCare Solutions




Expert Panelist: Dr. Phyllis Hubbard

Board-certified Doctor of Natural Medicine; Holistic Health Educator, Mental Health/Life Coach; and Reiki Master; Founder — Radiant Health Strategies




drstepahnieheadshot Expert Panelist: Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD

Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School; Director of McLean College Mental Health Programs — McLean Hospital




janetheadshot2 Expert Panelist: Janet Taylor, MD, MPH

Psychiatrist; Mental Health & Wellness, Self-Care Expert — Centerstone of Florida




mkearney_05_16_2020_033_rt_lr ‘Lift the Mask’ Testimonial Presenter: Michaela Kearney

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner; President-Elect, Junior Board of Directors — The Quell Foundation 



Media Partner