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Can I Talk To You C-Ville Returns with a Mental Health Focus

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Building on the success of our first Can I Talk to You conversation, we’re excited to invite you back for a deeper dive into the topic of mental health in Charlottesville and the surrounding community. Join us on Thursday, January 25 at 6:30pm at Jefferson School African American Heritage Center for an insightful and engaging discussion with leading experts in the field. Our panelists are experts in the field and will share their insights on the challenges and opportunities facing our community.

Our Panelists

Gene Cash, ​​Founder Counseling Alliance of Virginia | Gene Cash Jr., a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia and Ohio, is a proud Alum of The Ohio State University, with a background in mental health since 1991 ranging from Acute Psychiatric and Chemical Dependency in Inpatient Units, Residential Community Corrections, and in private practice for over 25 years. Gene is passionate about caring for youth and their families and raising the integrity of the field by training clinicians in family therapy and understanding the importance of Racial Awareness and Sensitivity as it relates to Racial Trauma. As the Owner of Counseling Alliance of VA, LLC in Richmond and Charlottesville, he is dedicated to dismantling white supremacist ideology and how it impacts our mental health, as well as caring and serving wherever he and his team goes.



Eboni Bugg, Charlottesville Clinicians of Color | Eboni Bugg is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker committed to helping communities engage in radical imagining towards liberation. She received an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Virginia, and holds a Master’s in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is currently the Director of Community Investment at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation where she stewards philanthropic resources for social impact. She is a founding member of the Central Virginia Clinicians of Color Network and serves on the Virginia State Board of Social Work. Eboni is a Registered Yoga Teacher and is passionate about the healing benefits of mindful movement, breathing and meditation.




Juanika Howard, LPC Sister Circle Therapist and Program Specialist | Juanika (she/her) received her Bachelor of Science from Old Dominion University in psychology and her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Longwood University. She has over nine years of mental health experience, working with children and adolescents through Region Ten Community Service Board, Albemarle County and Charlottesville City Schools. She has received specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which she utilizes in therapeutic sessions in addition to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness. She is passionate about working within the community to normalize mental health. Juanika is an active participant of the Central Virginia Clinicians of Color Network, C’Ville Walks with Heart, Prolyfyck (pronounced pro-lif-ic) run club, and Black Professional Network as well as community volunteering.



Marquez Mitchell, Co-Founder & CEO of Integrity Mentoring LLC | Marquez Mitchell, a Qualified Mental Health Professional, is a proud Alum of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. With a background in mental health since 2008, Marquez is passionate about advocating for youth and mental health. As the Co-owner of Integrity Mentoring and Owner of the Art Bar Charlottesville, he is dedicated to empowering the next generation and creating a better future.




We Will Discuss

  • Navigating the mental health landscape in Charlottesville: Exploring available resources, existing challenges, and emerging opportunities for improved access and care.
  • Destigmatizing mental health conversations: Fostering open communication and understanding within our community.
  • Supporting diverse populations: Addressing the unique needs of different groups within Charlottesville, from young adults to seniors to marginalized communities.
  • Promoting mental well-being beyond clinical settings: Discussing the role of community, social support, and preventative measures in building mental resilience.

Why you should attend:

  • Whether you’re personally experiencing mental health challenges, supporting someone who is, or simply want to contribute to a more compassionate and informed community, this conversation is for you.
  • Gain valuable insights from diverse perspectives and expertise.
  • Discover practical resources and tools to navigate the mental health landscape.
  • Join a supportive and open dialogue about a critical issue affecting our community.

Don’t miss this chance to engage in a meaningful conversation and contribute to positive change within our community. Register today and join us for Can I Talk to You: Diving Deeper into Mental Health in Charlottesville.


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