Breaking the Barriers of Mental Health
Breaking The Barriers of Mental Health foundation empowers communities to speak openly about mental health concerns and hopes to increase the number of people who will talk to someone or a mental health professional. Breaking the Barriers of Mental Health has hosted free panel discussions/think tanks as a forum for people to speak freely about their encounters or potential encounters with mental illness. The monthly functions have received a resounding amount of recognition from the local mental health community, students and those who want to explore ways that encourage living a well life. Each month we seek to break the barriers of mental health brick by brick.
4th Annual BTBOMH Brunch
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and as a Mental Health Counselor and Public Speaker Brandy J. Flynn is dedicated to spreading the word that mental health is a topic that everyone should care about.  She will do so by  hosting the 4th Annual Breaking The Barriers of Mental Health Brunch in Memphis, TN on May 27, 2017 at the Racquet Club of Memphis from 11:30a - 2:00p
This annual event has proven itself to be the premiere event providing insight on mental illness, education and awareness in the Greater Memphis area.  This year's theme is Everyday Superhero and it’s dedicated to those striving for greatness in spite of life changing circumstances. We all go through challenges - some you can see, most you can't. It is our hope that patrons will take away that we're all each others support systems. In recent times attitudes towards mental health concerns and navigating through life effectively without distraction appears to be changing partly because of events like ours.
The goal is for patrons to be able to leverage their respective experiences  via positive relationships with community peers and guided conversations with public figures.

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For more information on the BTBOMH Foundation please email


The 4th Annual Breaking the Barriers of Mental Health Brunch
   Our Keynote Speaker is Mr. Terrance Pennington, Former NFL player who was the 2006 seventh-round draft pick for the Buffalo Bills. He also played for the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants since leaving football Pennington  since departing the NFL has become a published author and life coach.

When life gets too stressful and you need a release - Learn how exercise can help you cope from Motivational Fitness Expert and   Zumba Instructor, DeAngela Ewing of Zealot Fitness. Also, learn about available healthcare resources and how to combat mental health disparities from from Dr. Nieika Geeter-Parks, Senior Health Benefits Advisor overseeing Health and Wellness initiatives for the FedEx Express Corporation.


 Keia Johnson ( American Idol ) and Cleatis Allen, Jr. ( Off the Chain and Tom Joyners Fantasic Voyage )

As apart of our program we will host our “Real World” panel.  The panel will focus on providing real-life scenarios of when your inner-superhero has been called to upon to battle circumstances out of your control.

Panelists: Andrea Fenise ( Brunch and Sew ) / Edward Wiley ( Prevention Services Manager, Friends for Life ) / LaDeia McNeal ( Process Manager, Counterpart Marketing ) / Tony Ivory ( WRUG Media Group ) . 

Moderated By: Bernal E. Smith II, New Tri-State Defender.
Thank You To Our Sponsors
Bean & Prince Contractors, Inc,. is our presenting sponsor for the 4th Annual Mental Health Awareness Brunch.Bean and Prince Contractors, Incorporated was established in 1990. It became incorporated on August 20, 1990.
Calyx Psychological Services is a proud sponsor - For more information about their services, please go to www.calxpsychologicalservices .com and let them know Breaking the Barriers of Mental Health referred you.

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The New Tri-State Defender is a weekly newspaper and daily online news resource published in Memphis, Tennessee, serving the African-American communities in Memphis and nearby areas of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. It bills itself as "The Mid-South's Best Alternative Newspaper

Burch Porter & Johnson is one of our presenting sponsors for the 4th Annual Mental Health Awareness Brunch.For over 100 years, the lawyers of Burch, Porter & Johnson have approached the practice of law as a calling.