Hardin County Faith in Action, Hardin County Community Services, and CICS will sponsor the 20th Annual Mental Health Awareness Seminar on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Iowa Falls.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Hardin County is joining with organizations and individuals throughout the United States in recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month. The theme of this year’s awareness campaign is 4Mind4Body, expanding on the previous year to explore companionship, spirituality, humor, recreation, and social connections as ways to boost mental health and general wellness.
About one in five adults suffer from a diagnosable mental health episode in a given year. Mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability in the United States. While mental health conditions are common, they are extremely treatable and most individuals that receive appropriate treatment recover and lead full productive lives.
"Unexpected Advocates" Seminar
In an effort to increase awareness locally, Hardin County Faith in Action, Hardin County Community Services, and CICS will sponsor the 20th Annual Mental Health Awareness Seminar on Wednesday, May 29tt at the First United Methodist Church in Iowa Falls.
Mary Neubauer and Larry Loss will be speaking about “Unexpected Advocates.” Since their son tragically took his own life in September 2017, Mary and Larry, of Clive, have advocated for improvement in mental health care in Iowa and access to help those in need. Frustrated by the lack of services to help Sergei as he battled depression, PTSD, and anxiety as a result of his tumultuous childhood in Russia, his parents told his story in a touching obituary that went viral and became a voice for change. Mary and Larry were part of a small army of advocates who succeeded in their efforts to pass two landmark pieces of mental-health legislation during the 2018 legislative session, and Mary is now a member of a state board working to establish a state children’s mental health system in Iowa.
Event Details & RSVP
The event will be start with the speakers at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church, 619 Main Street, in Iowa Falls. (View map of location.) At noon, a complimentary ham ball luncheon will be served. There will be a brief recognition of volunteers.
The event, intended to raise awareness throughout the area, is open to all, however, RSVPs are requested. Please contact Hardin County Community Services at 641-939-8167 to make a reservation.