Published on May 15, 2018

Community Leaders Share Their Mental Health Journeys

Mental health panelists

Mental health panelists, Adam Rees, Dr. Hara Charlier, Matt Kilian, and Caroline Benson

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In Crow Wing County, over 1 in 4 (28.2%) of us have been diagnosed with a mental illness. Yet stigma continues, preventing people from sharing their struggles, and from reaching out for help.

The community is invited to an intimate discussion as community leaders Dr. Hara Charlier, President of Central Lakes College, Matt Kilian, President of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, and Adam Rees, President, Essentia Health – Central, along with Brainerd High School student Caroline Benson, share their personal mental health journeys. Joining the discussion will be Brian Nystrom, President of Nystrom & Associates, and Psychiatrist Dr. Peter Neifert.

The event is free, but tickets are required and can be picked up at the Brainerd Dispatch, the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, or Essentia Health – St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s Gift Shop.

Thursday, May 31 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Lakewood Church
6284 Fairview Rd N, Baxter

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