Mental Health and giving back – how both impact our community

This week on The Word on Long Beach, we discuss the importance of mental health, specifically in the Black community. And, we’ll get an inside look into someone who has a passion for giving back to Long Beach.

1:40 – Conversations surrounding mental health and the best ways to take care of the body and the mind are still very prevalent throughout our society. Today Dr. Sandra Hardy who is with the Center for Best Living talks about how she and the City of Long Beach are offering free mental health services to the cities African American community. The hope is to help people understand how important mental checks are for all of us.


15:45 – You know him as Hood Santa but, Tito Rodriguez does not just show up on Christmas. He spends his days and nights organizing events to help impact the kids in his community so they are better prepared for tomorrow. Today we learn how his childhood inspired his passion for helping others.

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Jackie Rae is a multimedia reporter for the Long Beach Post who joined in May 2021.