The virtual event will bring together UNC Charlotte students, faculty, staff, local organizations, leaders, legislators, and community members to advance equitable mental health outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations

Living Waters Inc (, a faith-based non-profit will host the virtual “2021 Mental Health Summit” in Charlotte, NC. The event will focus on “Advancing Equitable Mental Health Outcomes for Racially/Ethnically Diverse Populations”. It will be held on September 24, 2021, via zoom.

This year’s summit is in partnership with the UNC Charlotte School of Social Work, Department of Counseling, Urban Education Collaborative, Race and Social Equity Academy and Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. The summit will provide intentional space for interaction between UNC Charlotte students, faculty, staff, local organizations, leaders, legislators, and community members. Over 300 attendees will hear from expert speakers in behavioral health, along with researchers, practitioners, clinicians, health system leaders, and civic leaders. They will also engage in critical conversations about moving forward to achieve equitable outcomes in mental health.

Attendees will be equipped with the following concerning racially/ethnically diverse populations:

  • Specific strategies for promoting equitable mental health outcomes
  • Increased knowledge about evidence-based practices
  • Access to inclusive resources to support mental wellness
  • An understanding of implications for education, practice, and intervention


Joan Been, Living Waters Inc President and CEO states, “The summit is a call to action for academia, government, health care systems, mental health providers, and the faith community to move forward with solutions that create a system and culture for identifying disparities that exists in patient outcomes, implement steps to address the disparities and are intentional and effective in its efforts to prevent the disparities from occurring.”

The keynote speaker for the 2021 Mental Health Summit will be Rheeda Walker, PhD, award-winning Professor of Psychology, Licensed Psychologist, Researcher and author of “The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help you Deserve”.

The half-day virtual summit will include expert speakers, interactive breakout sessions, moderated panel discussion, audience Q&A, and an exhibitor hall for attendees to meet and connect with local and statewide organizations.

Living Waters Inc will launch a campaign in August that emphasizes the event’s theme, “Equitable Outcomes In Mental Health”. In an effort to spark conversation and engagement about the summit, the organization will release a content series and activities centered on equal access and quality mental health care for everyone.

Event Details
Date: Friday, September 24, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm (check-in and exhibitions begin at 8:00am)
Venue: Zoom
Tickets: Regular Price Tickets $40
Student Price Tickets $25
Register online at

The first 100 registrants will receive a free copy of the keynote speaker’s book.

Log on early to network at 8:00 am


UNC Charlotte, UNC Charlotte Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, Village HeartBEAT Inc, Accounting Bookkeeping & Tax Financial Services Plus Inc, Mecklenburg County Public Health, Another Level Counseling & Consultation,  Novant Health, Living Waters Inc

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About Living Waters Inc

Living Waters Inc is a non-profit organization committed to the growth and development of our most important asset, “the people”. Living Waters Inc serves as an independent link to faith-based communities to collaborate and partner with public and private sectors.