BHERC Health Matters


The Black Hollywood Education Resource Center will present its first Health Matters Film Block.  This year’s films will help us reimage therapeutic treatments and models of mental health care to determine ways that we can adequately address the complex challenges of mental illness, which accounts for approximately one-third of mental illness globally. Since the COVID-19 pandemic we have witnessed firsthand an increase of suicide across the lifespan and across the globe. These circumstances call for radical change in the paradigm and practices of mental health care, including improving standards of clinician training, and revisioning current models of mental health care delivery. Upon completion of this conference, participants will enhance their knowledge of evidence-based practices to improve the behavioral and clinical skills of nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals who care for persons and families of all ages and cultural / socioeconomic status living with mental illness across the globe through the lens of film and the sound of music.
In Person Event Schedule
8:00 am – Continental Breakfast and Registration
9:00 am – Film Screening
11:00 am – Panel Discussion
Dr. Denese O. Shervington, MD: Assistant Dean, Graduate Medical EducationProfessor and Chair, Psychiatry Department President & CEO. Founder & CEO, Institute of Women
and Ethnic Studies Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Tulane University School of Medicine
Tia Delaney, MSN-Ed, RN, CCM: Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland
Dr. Stephanie A. Patterson, DNP: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Peter Morante DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, LNC, PMH-BC, GERO-BC, MS-BC: Owner of Morante Associates
Dr. Shirley Evers-Manly, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN: Interim Dean and Professor Alcorn State, University School of Nursing
  • Discuss definitions of mental and brain health and what it means across the globe. 
  • Explore stressors, violence, bullying and suicide ideation brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak and ways to keep well. 
  • Outline some common conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorders as well as signs and symptoms of suicide experienced by African Americans and diverse populations. 
  • Assess mental and brain health and how symptoms  will appear in this new world of home-working and remote line-management since the COVID-19 outbreak. 

This activity is approved by the Council of Black Nurses, Los Angeles for a maximum of hours (4 CEUs) continuing education units. Provider approved by the California BRN Provider CEP Number 17308.


  • From the Outside -Philippines, Running Time- 14:06​ Minutes
  • Fear of Darkness–  USA, Running Time- 7:13​
  • Breathe -USA​, Running Time-18:55
  • Depression– Nigeria, Running Time- 24:18​ Minutes
  • The Saved -Nigeria, Running Time-  5:06​ Minutes
  • Dear Dad -Ghana, Running Time-  7:00 ​
  • Unspoken Casualties -USA,  20:00​ Minutes
  • Not Alone -Nigeria- Running Time- 10:12​ Minutes
  • Music and Mental Health, USA Running Time- – 48:59 Minutes



In Person Attendance: $50.00– General Admission (CEU Credits) | $20.00–  (Student + Senior)

Live Virtual Attendance: $30.00– General Admission (CEU Credits) | $25.00– General Admission | $20.00–  (Student + Senior)

Non-Live Virtual Attendance: $30.00– General Admission (CEU Credits) | $25.00– General Admission | $20.00–  (Student + Senior)


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