Last week, former NFL player and current Baltimore City educator Aaron Maybin posted on his Twitter that he’d been going to therapy. It was something he had been afraid to bring up, he wrote, and then he began to wonder why that was.
“If more of us were open, transparent & vocal about how therapy has helped us,” he went on, “maybe more people would consider it an option before it becomes too late.”
Turns out that revelation came from a conversation among friends, including another Baltimore educator, Brandi Chantalle, who’s also a writer and artist. Inspired by that dialogue, Maybin and Chantalle will be sharing a stage tonight, during Minority Mental Health Month, to discuss “the Black experience and how it intersects with what they’ve come to know about mental wellness.”
Topics of discussion and questions can be submitted over the next several hours through social media. Both will be discussing their lived experiences, and a mental health professional will be on hand to weigh in, a page for the event says.
6-8 p.m., Downtown Cultural Center, 401 N. Howard St., info here, free.