Lindner Center Workshop about Mental Health
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Lindner Center of HOPE’s patient-centered, scientifically advanced care for individuals suffering from mental illness is world-class, and so are the its events.
“We want to bring people together to understand that mental illness is not a weakness and that help is available.”
“So many people still don’t want to talk about mental illness. They may feel they don’t know enough or are afraid to talk about it,” says the Lindner Center’s chief operating officer Brian Owens. “But coming to our events is a great way to learn about what we do at the Lindner Center of HOPE and about the impact of mental illness.”
It’s a subject that, while not always discussed, can impact anyone. “Mental illness doesn’t discriminate. It can impact anyone, anytime, any place, from ages two to 95, any culture, any income level,” says Jennifer Pierson, senior director of marketing and outreach. “We want to bring people together to understand that mental illness is not a weakness and that help is available.”
Education is the Key to Understanding: A Half-Day Workshop About Mental Health and Addiction
With so many individuals and families impacted by mental illness, the Lindner Center of HOPE is for the first time this year hosting a half-day workshop about mental illness and addiction topics, open to the public.
Community members are encouraged to come to the event, Sunday, May 3 at the Manor House in Mason, to learn more about mental illness and addiction.
After registration and an information fair, the day kicks off with a buffet and welcome from Dr. Paul E. Keck, Jr., President and CEO of the Lindner Center of HOPE and a keynote from Mackenzie Phillips, an actress and singer best known for her roles in American Graffiti and on the sitcom One Day at a Time. As a troubled teen star, Phillips made several visits to rehab before getting sober.
Following the welcome and keynote, attendees will be able to choose breakout sessions that most interest them. Topics include, among others: eating disorders, addiction and the adolescent, depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, identifying addictions (alcohol, drugs, gambling), mental health later in life and ways to support your family member.
“This educational event is funded and sponsored by our employees,” says Jenny Southers, major gifts officer for the Lindner Center of HOPE. “They know how much of an impact knowledge can make in raising awareness, talking about issues and helping inform people of options they have in helping themselves or loved ones facing mental illness, so they are making this event possible.”
Southers says people often think those with mental illness should be able to “get over it,” or just “be happy.” She hopes the event and other Lindner Center of HOPE programs help raise awareness that mental illness is a true illness, not something people can just decide to move on from. “You wouldn’t tell someone with cancer to just ‘get over it,’ and that’s not how you can address brain disorders, either,” she says, adding that there are treatment options available that can truly help.
She says the workshop will be a chance to learn and ask questions in a safe environment.
To register for the workshop, please contact Kelly Hines at 513.536.0317, by email at Kelly.email@example.com or visit www.lindnercenterofhope.org.