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The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 4/11/2014, 7:56 p.m.

I am very intrigued and eager to see the film, which has hit movie theaters. The reality that so many people suffer from PTSD, yet have to hide behind a facade is very disturbing. The fact that Berry is starring in the film makes it more compelling. It is time that we collectively strive to learn more about how we are all affected–one way or another.

Speaking out on the mental health issue, Williams would like to remind us to look out for the upcoming documentary “Face of Darkness,” which deals with the rising suicide rates and depression in African–American males and showcases mental health advocates Terrie M. Williams, author of “Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting,” and Dr. Jeffrey Gardere, known as “America’s Psychologist.”

The recent suicide of actor Lee Thompson Young and Hampton University alum Yusuf Neville prompted filmmakers Squeaky Moore and Kenneth “KT” Nelson to make the documentary, whereby Nelson confessed, “As an African-American male, I was taught that a man should not express his feelings and never to cry...There is a stigma in my community that prevents males from sharing emotions, hugging or admitting that we are afraid.”

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is defying statistics and supporting mental health. The 120-year-old settlement house is widely recognized as one of New York’s premier nonprofit organizations. Providing an extensive array of human services from social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, to nutritional and fitness, the organization has significantly improved the lives of more than 20,000 people (from ages 3 to 103) living on Manhattan’s East Side on a yearly basis. Most recently, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House hosted their Spring Gala–welcoming over 600 New Yorkers to Cipriani 42nd Street for dinner and dancing. The Gala, honoring Caroline and Thompson Dean for their longstanding support of the Neighborhood House, raised $1,350,000 that will go directly toward the organization’s vital programs. The Spring Gala, sponsored by Veranda magazine, featured tabletops individually decorated by interior designers such as Nicole Gibbons. Nicole’s oh so exotic table top was reminiscent of a Shangri La. She shared that the fabric for her tablecloth was donated by Calico Corners–“a great resource for designer home fabrics that anyone can shop.” Good to know these things.

Another tip from Nicole. Itching for a change? Sprucing up your home can be just the relief you’ve been looking for and you don’t have to spend a fortune. Think about starting at the front door by purchasing a doormat and topping it off with an umbrella stand. With the rainy season about to descend upon us, these items will come in handy, along with a leave-your-shoes at the door sign; it may just do the trick.

Until next week … kisses.