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Free Mental Health Awareness education at IRSC

Okeechobee News - 5/31/2018

FORT PIERCE - Suncoast Mental Health Center and Indian River State College will once again host the popular Brown Bag Lectures on May 30, at the main campus in the Koblegard Student Union from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The community, students, mental and behavioral health professionals and others interested in this topic are encouraged to attend.

For the last four years the organizations have teamed up during Mental Health Awareness Month, May, to offer the lectures. Designed to fit during a lunch hour, each presentation- including from Dr. Bryan Reuther Human Services professor at IRSC and Sharmaine LaFleur a Suncoast staffer who will guide participants through an imagery exercise helpful in reducing anxiety, and Dr. Robin Zide, Education professor at IRSC - participants will find an up-to-date schedule of the day's agenda by visiting the Suncoast website or the event's Facebook page with presentations ending promptly at 1 p.m. A certificate of attendance will be provided.

Debra Engle, CEO at Suncoast shared, "We are so grateful to IRSC, Dr. Patty Corey at the Health and Wellness Center there, Dr. Reuther and the Human Services department, Dr. Doak and the nursing students, and everyone instrumental in making this program a success. By success, we mean we are breaking down stigma associated with mental illnesses and educating, person by person, our community. We know these open-forum talks can absolutely save a life." Topics include those mental illnesses and challenges often seen in college-aged students and ways to cope with situational anxiety and depression.

If you are interested in learning more about the Brown Bag Lectures, find the Facebook event the Suncoast Mental Health Center website, Please call 772-489-4726 for more details.


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