Local Stigma Busters
Posted 03/12/2017 - Glenn Close and Patrick Kennedy on the Weight of Mental Illness. Read the article in the New York Times about Glenn Close and Patrick Kennedy, as they talk about mental illness and personal struggles. Read the article HERE...
Posted 02/13/2017 - 'We All' Struggle with Mental Health at Times, Says Prince William. Read the article on MSN. "Mental health was the great taboo. If you were anxious, it’s because you were weak," the royal dad of two said at the Guild of Health Writers event. Prince William, his brother Prince Harry, and Princess Kate have made a commitment to put mental health at the forefront of their public work. Read the article HERE...
Posted 01/11/2017 - Drop in County Suicides Attributed to Activism, Surge in Hope. Read the article in the La Crosse Tribune. La Crosse County Medical Examiner Tim Candahl and Viterbo University Psychology Professor Debra Murray share their views on how trends are looking positive for 2017. Read the article HERE...
Posted 12/28/2016 - Star Wars actress and author Carrie Fisher dies at 60. Read the article in the La Crosse Tribune. In this candid view of Carrie's life, reporters talks about her long battle with addiction and mental illness and what she did to overcome adversity in the Hollywood environment. Read the article HERE...
Posted 11/30/2016 - Climate change is a race we can't lose. Vince Hatt talks about climate change and how it affects all us and our peace of mind. See the article in the La Crosse Tribune HERE...
Posted 09/28/2016 - It's not stigma, it's discrimination. Read the editorial by Harold A. Maio in the La Crosse Tribune about why we need to change the stigma of mental illness. Read the editorial HERE...
Posted 08/23/2016 - Mental Health is Worth the Conversation. Read the news article by Rusty Cunningham of La Crosse Tribune, which features La Crosse as a beacon of inspiration in reducing stigma of mental illness. Read the article HERE...
Posted 06/05/2016 - News 8's Kyle Dimke shares story about effect of mental illness on his life. Kyle's brother Joey struggled for years with depression, anxiety, and bipolar, until it all came to a tragic end. See the video on News8000.com HERE...
Announcements and News
Posted 11/30/2016 - Join us for Ethics and Mental Health: An Interdisciplinary Conference on April 6-8, 2017 at Viterbo University - The D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. This is a national conversation on the ethical responsibilities of individuals, communities, businesses and government agencies in regard to how we approach mental health.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 pm: Keynote Speaker is Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, author of several books, including An Unquiet Mind: Professional & Personal Insights About Living with Depression and Bipolar Illness. For more information see the web page HERE...
Friday, April 7, 2017
7:30 am: Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:45 am: Q&A with Dr. Jamison -
9:00 - 10:15 am
Session 1 - RC 107
#1 Pride, Shame, and Guilt: Moral Emotions and Mental Health - Jason Howard, Viterbo University
#2 Self-Injury, Shame, and Agency -
Alycia LaGuardia-LoBianco, University of Connecticut
10:30 - 11:45 am
Session 2a - RC 107
#3 An Inside Job: Moral Distress, Moral Residue and the Value of Workplace Mediation - Jessica Gosnell, St. Ambrose University
#4 Virtual or Digital Hoarding: Mental Health Perspectives for Workplaces and Households - Jo Ann Oravec, UW-Whitewater
Session 2b - RC 127
#5 Mental Wellness: Using Common Language for Culture Change - Teresa Pulvermacher, Campaign to Change Direction
#6 Panel Discussion: National Alliance on Mental Illness La Crosse
11:45-12:45 pm - Lunch - Reinhart Center Lobby
12:45 - 1:45 pm
Session 3 - RC 107
#7 Gun Deaths and Public Health: What is the Mental Health Connection? - Steve Miles, University of Minnesota Medical School
Session 3b - Nursing Center Simulation Lab
#8 Silent Tears - A Mental Health Simulation Experience - Tricia Klatt, Viterbo University
2:00 - 3:15 pm
Session 4a - RC 107
#9 From Suffering to Shalom: Friendship, Compassion and a Theology of Mental Illness - Mara Fitzgibbon Adams, St. Ambrose University
#10 Marpe Shalom: Self-Compassion, Health and Wholeness for the
Professional Caregiver - Lynne Kuhl, Viterbo University
Session 4b - RC 127
#11 The Role of Telemental Health in Increasing Access to Mental Health Services in Rural Areas - Sherry Fontaine, Viterbo University
#12 Ethnicity and Stress: Being a Person of Color at UWL - Imani Paul, UW-La Crosse
3:30 - 4:15 pm
Session 5 - RC 127
#13 Doing Harm: Ethics in Psychotherapy
Robert Schreur, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
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