Upcoming panel to discuss ‘complexities of the mind’

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A panel of local mental health experts will engage in a discussion to “increase our awareness and break down the stigma surrounding mental health,” according to the Lawrence Public Library.


May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The timely event — “Unraveling the Complexities of the Mind: A Panel Discussion about Mental Wellness” — will be held in person from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the library’s auditorium.

Get mental health help in Lawrence

These resources are available 24/7 if you or someone you know needs immediate mental health help:

• Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center: 785-843-9192
• Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ (formerly Headquarters): 785-841-2345
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK); veterans, press 1

A livestream will also be available to watch the panel via Zoom. No registration is required.

“Dig into the connection between substance use and mental health, mental health disparities in marginalized communities, supporting young people with their mental health, and more!” the library’s event page says.

The panel includes Dr. Nana Dodson and Julia Gaughan, of Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, and Ed Lobdell of DCCCA. In addition, Erica Molde is a panelist who has lived experience as well as professional experience working with folks who live with chronic suicidality, according to Marc Veloz, community resources specialist for the library.

Submit questions to the panel ahead of time via the Google Form at this link.

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