African-Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health issues than the general population, according to Integral Care, which provides mental health care in Travis County.

To reduce the stigma of mental health issues and increase access to care, the organization is sponsoring the 19th annual Central Texas African American Family Support Conference. The conference, which brings together mental health consumers and professionals, is being held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Palmer Events Center.

Vicky Coffee, program manager with the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at UT Austin, has attended the conference annually since it started in 2000 and is emceeing the event this year. “Mental health is, of course, not solely an individual responsibility, but really is a product of community conditions,” she said.

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