Union Baptist Church works to destigmatize mental health for minorities

Healthcare professional LaTrice Snodgrass and the Rev.  Sherman Martin will cohost a symposium on mental health at Union Baptist Church in Canton on July 30. The goal is to educate and destigmatize minorities seeking mental health treatment
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Healthcare professional LaTrice Snodgrass and the Rev.  Sherman Martin will cohost a symposium on mental health at Union Baptist Church in Canton on July 30. The goal is to educate and destigmatize minorities seeking mental health treatment

CANTON – The Rev. Sherman Martin Jr. knows what it’s like when unspeakable tragedy strikes a family.

On Aug. 7, 2014, Martin’s toddler grandson died of undermined causes. Hours later, his daughter Kayelisa, 20, stepped in front of a moving truck on Interstate 77 in Summit County.

After Ronda Hawkins lost her only son to murder, she left Akron and moved to Canton, where she joined Martin’s church.

Her sister LaTrice Snodgrass recently shared how the shock of losing three family members in close succession nearly left her unable to work.

Because grief, depression, and anxiety can adversely impact and upend a person’s life, they have organized a free Health & Wellness Symposium from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday at Union Baptist Church at 415 Cornelia Ave. NE, with an emphasis on mental health.

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