The Pine Bluff Alumnae and Delta Eta chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., will present a mental health program Saturday at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in the auditorium of the School of Business and Management building.

The Pine Bluff Alumnae and Delta Eta chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., will present a mental health program Saturday at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in the auditorium of the School of Business and Management building.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The conversational event will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Structured like a town-hall meeting, this program will address the prevailing mental health crises in the community. The theme for the program is ďA Cry in the Dark: Acknowledging Our Mental Health Crisis.Ē

In dialogue on this town-hall program are two distinguished mental health specialists in Pine Bluff/Jefferson County. A native of Pine Bluff and a committed professional and speaker for mental health through the years, Bessie Smith Lancelin is the director of clinical services for Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She received her masterís degree in social work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is the first African American female to become the director of a federally funded alcohol treatment center in Arkansas, according to a spokesman.

A past president of Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., she has served on the Jefferson County Red Cross Board, the Pine Bluff Convention Center Commission, and presently serves on the State Board Licensing for Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She has been voted Outstanding Young Women of America on three occasions and has been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Alliance of Businessmen. She is proud to serve as the Southeast Arkansas Region Chair for Arkansas Gospel Music Heritage Month. She is an active member of First Missionary Baptist Church, where she directs the adult and youth choirs. She is married to Gregory Lancelin and is the mother of two daughters, Deaquanita and Nia.

A mental health professor in Pine Bluff, Kami Mays Hunt is a native of Pine Bluff and is an assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Arkansas. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Arkansas Psychological Association, and the Arkansas Association of Black Psychology Professionals. Her educational accomplishments include a bachelor of science degree in psychology at UAPB; a master of applied psychology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; a master of science in general psychology at the University of Memphis, and a doctor of philosophy in psychology at the University of Memphis. She is a member of St. James United Methodist Church. She is married to James Hunt and the mother of three children: Kateria, Kamíron and Konnor.

This event is open to the public, which includes both young people and adults. Church and community groups are especially invited. Refreshments will be served.

Bettye J. Williams is the Program Planning and Development chair and Betty Jo Lacy is the co-chair. Charlene Kelley is the president of Pine Bluff Alumnae chapter. Ashley Rich is the president of Delta Eta Chapter. Bonita Corbin and Stephanie Brown are advisors to Delta Eta Chapter.

Other members on the Pine Bluff Alumnae Program Planning and Development Committee are Shelia Brown, Evelyn J. Blunt, Dovie Burl, Lucille Jasper, Nicolette Laurent, Birlee Lever, Nakita Lovelady, Sharon Nicholson, Sherrion Perkins, LaSonya Shelby, Linda Simmons, Hazel Smith and Renisha Ward. Members of Delta Eta Chapter Program Planning and Development Program are Adrienne Hatchett, chair; Shandrea Middlebrook and Leah Dantzker, co-chairs.

For additional information, contact Williams at 870-536-3073 or 870-575-8015; Lacy, or Kelley.