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By Dominique Madden
Contributing Reporter 

Community Conversation Addressing Mental Wellness held in Inkster

Stress, Pandemic and Self Medication


November 4, 2021

Far Right - Darwin Griffin - Moderator/Organizer, Panalists- Je Donna Dinges CEO Margaux & Max, her daughter InDia Dinges, CEO Detroit Hippie Chick, Stephanie Stasiak, Behavioral Health Director Western Wayne Family Health Center, Patricia Gray .ED Adrian MI, Chief William Riley Inkster Police Department, and Moderator/Organizer Velma Jean Overman. Not pictured Carl Baxter Organizer

Living through the Covid 19 Pandemic has shed a light on many issues that affect peoples' well being. Several groups came together to host a Town Hall that allowed participants to have a conversation about how stress, the pandemic and self-medication has affected their mental wellness. This was a time for the panelist to share their life lessons with the participants, thus opening a line of true dialogue.

The discussion started with the fact that many detrimental issues are on the rise in our community; issues such as self-medication, drug overdoses, suicides, violence in the home and...

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