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Importance of Black Mental Health

Published Thursday, February 18, 2021

Why is it important to focus on Black Mental Health?

Black Mental Health is important because being black in America means having to navigate in and out of various professional, community, and familial environments. Always having to consider your audience to make sure you are responding correctly. In the Black community there is a stigma around talking to a therapist or counselor, but that stigma should not exist. It is important to be able to release the past, so that you can heal in the present and be free in the future.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

黑人历史对我来说是一个多月。这是一个integral part of the foundation of America. I celebrate Black history every day that I am alive. Having attended a predominantly Black high school and an Historically Black College or University, instilled in me pride and love for my true history and culture. Black history is so much more than just 28 or 29 days in one month of the year. It goes far beyond slavery. It is a reminder to take time to remember and celebrate the sacrifices that my ancestors made so that I can have the right to access my dreams and aspirations without fear. Iamblack and Iamproud! Iamphenomenal because of my rich history.

What do you like about working at Zepf?

I have had the privilege and honor to work at Zepf Center in the Vocational department for 15 years. I love the sense of family and support that is provided by management and co-workers. Working at Zepf has provided me the opportunity to grow and change professionally. The enjoyment of helping others achieve their goals is a wonderful feeling and I am blessed to be a part of this dynamic and inspiring company.

Anything else interesting about you that you would like us to know? What high school did you attend? Any hobbies or special interest?

In 2003, after surviving a tumultuous storm in my life, I produced and directed my first gospel play. Now, 18 years later, I am the owner of Give God Glory Productions Ministry, LLC. I have successfully written, directed, and produced 7 stage plays and some have toured in and outside of Ohio. My passion is to write plays and poems that address universal issues of men, women, and youth: searching for love, domestic violence, alcohol/drug abuse, unfaithfulness, abandonment, etc. I am also a published author (My Heart’s Betrayal). I am an ordained elder, Sunday School teacher, and administrative secretary at my church. I have one son, daughter-in-law and four granddaughters that I love tremendously. My mom is my best friend and I just married the love of my life two years ago. My favorite scripture is Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV), “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”


Integrated care is the coordination of general and behavioral health care needs in an effort to treat not just the body but the mind.


Importance of Black Mental Health

Celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth with these words from Zepf Center staff member Patrece Tolbert-Maggott


Celebrating Black History Month



The Mr. and Mrs. Darrell H. Fox Fund II of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation Awards Grant to Zepf Center

The Board of Trustees of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation has approved a grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Darrell H. Fox Fund to Zepf Center in the amount of $10,000. These funds will