Seeking to foster a climate of dialogue and support, Luther College will present the panel "Here's My Story: Experiences with Mental Health" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus.
The event, sponsored by Luther's Counseling Services, Active Minds and the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Panelists Luther Professor Emeritus Paul Gardner, Luther Associate Professor of Nursing Jayme Nelson and student Madeleine Ross, class of 2020, will share stories of their own journeys involving mental health. This will be followed by a question and answer session moderated by Luther Associate Professor of Psychology Joe Breitenstein. Topics for discussion will include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress in an attempt to reduce stigma. Many people on the Luther campus struggle with mental health issues, whether they are faculty, staff or students. By encouraging conversation around their stories, the panelists hope to inspire others to care for their own mental health. The panelists seek to promote community, connection and support, and to share the hope that mental health can be manageable.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,005, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.