Community conversation focuses on mental wellness

For all who live with, love or work with families are invited to attend a Mental Wellness Conversation from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 838 N. 25th St. The workshop is free, but preregistration is required by Oct. 20 at https://bit.ly/MW18497.

Topics and speakers for the event include:

“Hope and Healing: My Walk with Mental Health” — Lyndsey Fennelly, mental health advocate

The keynote speaker is Lyndsey Fennelly. As a college student, she was a standout on the Iowa State women’s basketball team and was drafted into the WNBA in 2007. She married Billy Fennelly, assistant coach for the ISU women’s team. “Not me” was her first thought in 2013 when she was in the middle of a two-week hospital stay following a mental breakdown. She didn’t want to believe it. A lot has happened since that first hospital stay. Fennelly is using her high-profile voice to reduce the stigma of mental illness and raise awareness of the services available. Mental illness touches one in five Iowans, but mental health touches every single human being. We all have the capacity to improve our mental wellness.

“Mental Health Discussion: Make it OK” — Kim Bodholdt, social-emotional-behavioral health consultant, Prairie Lakes AEA

“Question.Persuade.Refer. Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training” — Demi Johnson, behavioral health program specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Say “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

“UnityPoint Health Berryhill Center: Behavioral Health Urgent Care” — Jennifer Pullen, executive director, Berryhill Center

Community Health Center of Fort Dodge, Catholic Charities, Children & Families of Iowa, Community & Family Resources, UnityPoint Health Berryhill, NAMI,CICS and Webster County 4-H will be sharing information during the noon hour.

The workshop is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Webster County, Trinity United Methodist Church, UnityPoint Health Berryhill Center, Community Health Center of Fort Dodge and Webster/Calhoun Youth Wellness Coalition.

For more information, contact Linda Cline, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Webster County program coordinator, at 515-576-2119 or lcline@iastate.edu.


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