ABC 7 Chicago presents: Do You Hear Me? A Discussion about Race, a virtual town hall with ABC 7's Samantha Chatman

CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7 Chicago, Chicago's No. 1 station for news, presented the 10th installment in a series of virtual town halls, DO YOU HEAR ME? A DISCUSSION ABOUT RACE, Thursday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. on abc7chicago.com. The hour-long town hall was moderated by ABC 7 I-Team Consumer Investigative Reporter Samantha Chatman. The virtual town hall also exclusively streamed live on ABC 7's Facebook Live, YouTube, ABC 7's app, and ABC 7's connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.

This week's town hall focused on mental health issues in the Black community and how those issues present across age and gender. The discussion explored the devastating way violence and trauma impact the mental health of individuals and the overarching repercussions on families and the community when one of their members is suffering.

This town hall brings together professionals approaching mental health services from different perspectives depending on the group needing treatment, including veterans and those in the military, women, men, youth and trauma-impacted individuals and communities. They also examine the stigma that is associated with mental health challenges, preventing many from seeking the help that could not only improve their lives but those of their families and the community at large.

Panelists included:

- LaNae Dedmond Edwards, Illinois Joining Forces
- Robert L. Lewis Jr., Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium, Veteran, U.S. Marine Corps
- Elaine Smith, Bright Star Community Outreach
- John Franklin, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

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PREVIOUS TOWN HALLS:
ABC 7 Chicago presents: Do You Hear Me? A Discussion about Race, a virtual town hall with Windy City Live's Val Warner
Do You Hear Me? A Discussion about Race on June 4, 2020: Hosted by Cheryl Burton, on the aftermath of George Floyd's death
Do You Hear Me? A Discussion about Race on June 11, 2020: Hosted by Karen Jordan and Hosea Sanders, on organizational social change
Do You Hear Me? A Discussion about Race on June 18, 2020: Hosted by Evelyn Holmes and Will Jones,on youth movements
Do You Hear Me? A Discussion about Race on June 25, 2020: Hostel by Terrell Brown and Leah Hope, on racism in public education
Do You Hear Me? A Discussion about Race on July 2, 2020: Hosted by Hosea Sanders, on summer festivals
Do You Hear Me? A Discussion about Race on July 9, 2020: Hosted by Samantha Chatman, on Black Greek letter organizations

Do You Hear Me? A Discussion about Race on July 16, 2020: Hosted by Cheryl Burton, on violence
Do You Hear Me? ADiscussion about Race on July 23, 2020: Hosted by Jim Rose, on race and racism in sports

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