Mental Health: How to Help People Recover From Depression, Prevent Suicide and Manage Mental Health Stigma

Kanabec County Community Health is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, June 23rd from 11:30 am – 12:45 pm CST, and you are invited to attend! Please forward to anyone you think may benefit from this training.

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Mental Health: How to Help People Recover From Depression, Prevent Suicide and Manage Mental Health Stigma

It is estimated that nearly 7% of the adult population in the US will suffer from depression at some point in their life .

Many families and workplaces are touched by the pain of depression, which might include drug/alcohol abuse, job loss, divorce, infidelity, suicide, emotional and physical harm, and a host of other difficult and hard to talk about subjects.

Despite an increasing number of conversations about depression in the public sphere, many continue to fight this battle in silence and alienated from their loved ones.

In this training you will learn:

  • Causes of depression and treatments that help.
  • Risk factors associated with depression.
  • Signs someone is at risk of suicide.
  • Strategies for working with others to seek help.
  • Ways to combat mental health stigma.

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About the Presenter: Mark Meier, MSW, LCSW

Mark is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over with over 25 years of clinical, professional, and academic training on depression, to go along with a deeply personal understanding of the impact depression has on families and workplaces when left unrecognized and untreated.

In 2009 Mark co-founded the Face It Foundation to provide free support services to men who deal with depression and who have survived suicide attempts. Today Face It serves over 100 men each month with support groups, retreats, education classes, and social activities.

In addition to his full-time work at Face It, Mark is on staff in the University of Minnesota’s School of Medicine – Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and an advisor for multiple research studies on depression through the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Mark has delivered over 350 talks across the United States on depression and he openly speaks about his own battle with depression that resulted in his hospitalization in 2002. Mark believes it’s his own experience with depression that has best positioned him to help others.

Mark’s Story:

“Back in 2002, with my wife at work and three young children sound asleep, I sat with the barrel of a loaded gun in my mouth with every intention of ending my life. The never-ending pain, the constant voices in my head telling me what a failure I was, and a misguided belief that I would be doing those around me a favor by ending my life had led me to this point. Thankfully, the cries of my then nine-month-old daughter interrupted this very ill-conceived plan, giving me the chance to overcome my own depression and now give me the opportunity to found Face it Foundation and help others struggling with depression.”

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