As a part of its Z-Hope Initiative, Mu Omega Zeta (MOZ) Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. recently held a virtual Mental Health Program. MOZ member, Mrs. Linda Humphrey Jones, served as Mistress of Ceremonies and Program Organizer. Amica Katrina Braden recited an opening prayer, as well as MOZ Chaplain, Minister Mary Jeter, which was followed by a song by MOZ member, Dr. Jamie Flanagan. Another MOZ member, Mrs. Coretta Conant, recited a poem titled “Tulips,” which was followed by a selection by Natchitoches Zeta Amicae President, Doryce Polk.
Mrs. Linda Jones introduced the speaker, Ms. Felicia Morrow, M.ED. Ms. Morrow is a former Natchitoches resident and graduate of Natchitoches Central High School and Northwestern State University. She has been an educator for more than 20 years, is currently working as a school counselor in Marietta, Georgia, and is a Mental Health Awareness Advocate. In addition, Morrow is a minister of the Gospel and a song writer.
The theme of her presentation was “Do you know me, or do you just see me?” In her presentation, she stressed that mental health is very broad but can also be simplistic. It includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think and feel, leads to our actions in how we handle stress, how we relate to others, and how we also make healthy choices. It is important to take care of yourself because we deal with a variety of things in our lives that are stressors. She three steps to addressing a mental health struggle: 1. Identify the problem. 2. Access by looking for signs and symptoms in yourself and others. 3. Make a plan of action.
Ms. Josephine Winder, Mu Omega Zeta President, gave closing remarks and added that we must look out for each other and be ready to help.MOZ member, Mrs. Lockey Reliford, recited the closing prayer.