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About Our Event

BGH’s Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign is comprised of six weekly workshops that are designed to help you take control of your mental health.

This campaign is spearheaded by our Ambassador Program in partnership with National Network of Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health’s All of Us Research Program and the Dauphin County Library System

The workshops focus on relieving stress and anxiety with restorative and faith-based yoga, natural therapies to help heal from trauma & mental health issues, building self-esteem among the youth, motherhood & postpartum depression related issues, discussions on emotional disorders, and the social, economic, and cultural impacts that lead to anxiety, with linkage to care for each workshop.

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Mental Well-Being

Army Captain | Miss USA 2016 | Public Speaker

About Keynote Speaker

Army Captain Deshauna Barber is a former Miss USA and award-winning international speaker, coach, and entrepreneur with a bold approach to inspiring and encouraging her audience. Deshauna uses her experience as an Army officer, former Miss USA, and STEM graduate to inspire her audience. Deshauna shows the power of perseverance and tenacity to now become a top-rated speaker that is widely sought after by Fortune 500 companies. 

 In 2016, Deshauna was crowned the first soldier to the win the prestigious title of Miss USA. She spent her year-long reign as Miss USA advocating for our men and women in uniform by encouraging our government to provide additional support for soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She spent her year-long reign as Miss USA partnering with and lending her voice to the organizations such as the USO, Smile Train, Best Buddies, Operation Homefront and numerous others. 
The 29 year-old uses her platform to encourage we pay close attention to the mental health of our service members after deployments and their service to our country.  Having dealt with depression after the loss of her mother Deshauna promotes the importance of self-care, therapy and breaking the stigma of mental health.  
When she is not serving her country, she travels the world as a full time Motivational Speaker. She has made it her life goal to encourage, inspire and strengthen the people around her.  Deshauna has appeared on The Steve Harvey Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Fox and Friends, The Chelsea Show, Good Morning Washington, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The T.D. Jakes Show, The Nightly Show, The Source on Sirius XM, The Daily Show, Lunch Break, Live with Kelly, Good Morning America and in Glamour Magazine and Diversity Magazine.”

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Friday, January 10th

Kickoff Reception Madeline-Olewine Library Deshauna Barber
  • Deshauna Barber
    Deshauna Barber
    Miss USA 2016 | Army Captain | Keynote Speaker
  • George Hartwick
    George Hartwick
    Dauphin County Commissioner
  • Shalawn James
    Shalawn James
    Acting Executive Director of Mental Health Association of PA

The reception kicks off a six (6) week campaign with partners, sponsors, local leaders and community members. We will be announcing the weekly workshop series taking place from January to February of 2020. Reception includes keynote address about PTSD from Army Captain & Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber. Additional speakers include: Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick, and Acting Executive Director of Mental Health Association of PA Shalawn James. Reception includes: Great appetizers and beverages sponsored by “The Vineyard at Hershey.

Saturday, January 25th

Faith & Flow Yoga East Shore Library Sherrell Moore-Tucker
  • Sherrell Moore-Tucker
    Sherrell Moore-Tucker
    Faith & Flow Yoga

Are you a self-proclaimed super woman?  Do you routinely juggle work, church, and your family and now you’re tired.  If you are near burn out and seeking a gentle physical and spiritual refreshing then grab your mat and come on in the room.  Join us for this interactive workshop where you will learn how to abide in God during life’s most difficult situations using simple tools and techniques like body prayers, spritual breathing, and Christian meditation for reestablishing your life rhythm.

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Vinyasa Yoga East Shore Library Dr. Deborah Bernal
  • Dr. Deborah Bernal
    Dr. Deborah Bernal
    Certified Yoga Instructor

Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. Commonly referred to as “flow” yoga, it is sometimes confused with “power yoga“. Vinyasa classes offer a variety of postures and no two classes are ever alike.

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Yoga Retreat: Back to back sessions with snacks and refreshments

Saturday, February 1st

I'm A Survivor East Shore Library Rev. Dr. Brenda Alton
  • Dr. Brenda Alton
    Dr. Brenda Alton
    Revered | Public Speaker | Domestic Violence Survivor

Be a part of the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign and come to the "I'm a Survivor" workshop. This event is an interactive discussion on the mental effects of domestic violence and regaining a healthy cognitive state. The workshop includes refreshments.

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Saturday, February 8th

Young Minds Matter Madeline-Olewine Library Essynce Moore
  • Essynce Moore
    Essynce Moore
    Author | Clothing Designer

Participate in the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign and join "Young Minds Matter." This is a family friendly workshop to help educate children and young teens on the importance of mental health through self-esteem building, and cognitive behavioral therapy through reading. Workshop includes juices and snacks.

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Saturday, February 15th

Free Your Mind And The Weight Will Follow East Shore Library Dr. Lauren Simmons
  • Dr. Lauren Simmons
    Dr. Lauren Simmons
    Certified Life Coach

Participate in the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign and attend " Free Your Mind And The Weight Will Follow." This workshop outlines the psychological blocks that hinder weight loss and how to overcome them. Psychological blocks include: negative body image, stress, depression, cognitive distortion.

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Beating Depression Naturally East Shore Library Khetnu Nefer
  • Khetnu Nefer
    Khetnu Nefer
    Holistic Practitioner

Participate in the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign an attend " Beating Depression Naturally." This is an Interactive discussion on how to conquer anxiety and depression without medication. The workshop addresses natural supplementation, and physical therapies to reduce symptoms. Note: This workshop is held directly after " Free Your Mind and the Weight Will Follow", however its recommended that you still register for both workshops.

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Saturday, February 22nd

Moms Suffering In Silence East Shore Library Multiple Panelists
  • Jummy Kirby, M.A., LPC
    Jummy Kirby, M.A., LPC
    Relinquish & Transcend Counseling | Psychotherapist
  • Dr. Judy Johnston
    Dr. Judy Johnston
    Founder, i aMe3
  • Saleemah McNeil
    Saleemah McNeil
    Reproductive Psychotherapist, Oshun Family Center
  • Julia Mallory
    Julia Mallory
    Author of Survivor's Guilt

Be a part of the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign and attend "Moms Suffering in Silence". This event is a panel discussion which addresses, educates, and provides treatment-related resources on topics that include postpartum depression, racial/cultural disparities that effect treatment/therapy for postpartum, single mother anxiety, and mothers mentally torn over the loss of their child.

Founder | Black Girl Health Foundation, Inc.

About Event Organizer

Black Girl Health Foundation, Inc is a non-profit 501c3 that creates pathways to improve the health of black women and girls through education, engagement, and empowerment. 

The foundation connects with women of color through its College Ambassador Program implemented at educational institutions and communities in the northeastern region. The program helps students and women in the surrounding communities adopt healthier behaviors through through nutrition, exercise, and disease prevention education.

The non-profit furthers its health impact on women and girls of color through it’s National Kickstart Health & Wellness Program; which includes an entire day of interactive workshops by renown health experts, doctors, health screenings, and fitness trainers to motivate women to take control of their health and give them resources to make informed decisions.

About Event Speakers

Jummy Kirby
Jummy Kirby, M.A., LPC
Shalawn James
Acting Director | Mental Health Association of PA
Dr. Lauren Simmons
Certified Health Coach
Essynce Moore
Author | Clothing Designer
Sherrell Moore-Tucker
Faith & Flow Yoga Instructor
Deborah Lee Bernal M.D.
Certified Yoga Instructor
Dr. Judy Johnston
Khetnu Nefer
Holistic Practitioner

Event Locations

Name: East Shore Library
Dates: Jan 18, 25 | Feb 1st, 15th
Address: 4501 Ethel St, Harrisburg, PA, 17109

Name: Madeline Olewine Library
Dates: Jan 10th | Feb 8th
Address2410 North Third St Harrisburg, PA 17110


Developed resources reported in this project are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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