AKA Sorority Incorporated (R) May Mental Health Awareness

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated ® Alpha Theta Omega Chapter’s Build Our Economic Wealth and Empower Our Families Initiatives and Disaster Relief sponsored a program for May’s Mental Health Awareness month entitled “Prioritizing the Mental Well-Being of Women in the Workforce” on May 16, 2024.

The program included three panelists who shared their insight and expertise. The first panelist who was anonymous spoke from the heart about her serious condition, Graves Disease. She shared her story of being in denial about her condition for years. She now suffers with anxiety, which she constantly battles. She created a safe place for others to share about their mental health. 

The second panelist, Alley Richardson; Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor of Animal Assisted Therapy of the Triangle shared information on issues unique to women, such as pregnancy, menopause, and postpartum depression. The main takeaway from her discussion was to seek help early. 

The third panelist was Andrea Clinkscales, Division Director of Total Rewards of Office of State Human Resources. Her main points were your right to Employee Assistance Program, Family Medical Leave, and Short/Long Term Disability. She suggests contacting Human Resources if these resources are needed. 

The event was successful and well attended. Attendees were provided with meaningful information to apply as they take steps in prioritizing their well-being in the workplace. 

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