Mental Wellness : Breaking the Stigma

Fri Sep 29 2023 at 06:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Egypt Shriners | Tampa

The Refinery
Publisher/HostThe Refinery
Mental Wellness : Breaking the Stigma
The Refinery is an event developed to inspire change and empower the culture.
About this Event

What to Expect

In its fourth iteration, The Refinery will address the critical issue of mental health in communities of color and how to dismantle the stigma. One of the key areas of concern that will be tackled at the event is the lack of access to adequate healthcare solutions in these communities. By bringing together leaders, experts, and advocates, The Refinery aims to foster constructive dialogue while exploring innovative approaches to bridge this gap and ensure mental health support is accessible to all.

Another crucial topic on the agenda is the importance of restoring trust in communities of color with various institutions, including law enforcement, businesses, financial institutions, and the healthcare system, concerning mental health. Recognizing the historical distrust and disparities in treatment, this event aims to address these challenges head-on and foster collaborations that can lead to positive change.

The Lineup

Panel 1 // Striking the Stigma

Addressing mental health in the Black community requires acknowledging and tackling several significant challenges. This panel will highlight the stigma surrounding mental health within communities of color, which forces individuals to repeatedly explain their lived experiences, perpetuating a cycle of silence and misunderstanding. Disturbingly, while Black individuals are 20% more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder, only 10% receive the necessary treatment. Our experts will share valuable insights and solutions to help our community heal and move beyond the stigma.

Panel 2 // Restoring Bridges Toward Trust

Rebuilding trust is the essential first step to healing our communities when it comes to mental health. Doing so requires the active participation and buy-in of various stakeholders, including law enforcement, businesses, financial institutions, and lawmakers. This panel will highlight policies surrounding mental health and the importance of accountability in fostering positive outcomes. We will also discuss emotional intelligence and how to address mental health issues before they escalate. Finally, the panel will highlight proposed policies introduced to Congress in 2023 that are paving the way for a more comprehensive and compassionate mental health system.


Egypt Shriners Center // Grand Hall, Tampa, FL

Ticket Options

*All tickets include access to the event, premium hors d'oeuvres, admission to the after-hours social, and a cash bar, plus:

  • General Admission // Includes: 1 ticketed Seat
  • Premium Seating // Includes: 1 ticketed Seat at a table, premium hors d'oeuvres (No bottle service)
  • VIP Tables // Includes: 1 reserved table for 4, premium hors d'oeuvres, 1 bottle of red or white wine

Ticket Prices

  • General Admission: Early Bird - $35 // Regular - $50 // At the Door - $70
  • Premium Seating: Early Bird - $75 // Regular - $100 // At the Door (Not Available)
  • VIP Tables: $500 Per Table // At the Door (Not Available)

Event Schedule

  • 6 pm to 7 pm // Registration, Networking, Cocktail Hour (Cash Bar Available)
  • 7 pm to 9 pm // Programming (Cash Bar Closed)
  • 9 pm to 11 pm // After Hours Social (Cash Bar Available)


Parking is available on-site.

About The Refinery: A Social Exchange

From social justice issues and disproportionate COVID-19 illnesses to systemic financial and political struggles, the quality of life for Black Americans' was stifled by these challenges. The Refinery was developed by serial entrepreneur and community leader, Gary Hartfield, to serve as a safe space for conversation, support, and healing for all to engage. It is more than an event; it's an opportunity to "refine" mindsets and create solutions. It's a moment to celebrate our greatness and remind the world of our existence. It's a space where all are welcome. It's a place to inspire change and empower the culture.

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Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Egypt Shriners, 5017 East Washington Street, Tampa, United States


USD 35.00 to USD 500.00

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