Mental health forum for Anoka County residents

Anoka County residents will once again have the chance to learn more about mental health, mental wellness and suicide prevention through a new community event called “Let’s Talk About It, Anoka County.”

Free and open to the public, the “Let’s Talk About It, Anoka County” program is a series of four education and awareness events held in four different Anoka County cities.

The next will be Monday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church of Anoka, with free pizza and a resource fair beginning at 5:30 p.m.

All of the “Let’s Talk About It, Anoka County” events include a resource fair, a keynote address featuring a nationally renowned suicide prevention expert and both youth and adult panel discussions.

Free food and beverages will also be provided.

The adult panel will be made up of local community experts in mental health, school and social services.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, one in four adults experiences a mental illness during any given year.

For youth, it is estimated that between one in eight to one in 12 live with a mental illness at any given time.

“Studies have shown that early recognition and treatment are critical components to successful long-term treatment of these illnesses,” said Dr. Dan Reidenberg, executive director at SAVE – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education.

“As a community, the earlier we can identify those around us who are at risk, the less likely they will be to suffer the long-term consequences of these illnesses.”

The “Let’s Talk About It, Anoka County” program is meant to raise people’s awareness of mental health issues, to create community conversations and action and to provide an umbrella of resources and support to Anoka County residents.

The program is being funded by a broad, public-private partnership consisting of Anoka County Community Health and Mental Health Departments, the Mental Wellness Campaign of Anoka County, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Thrivent Financial, and SAVE – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education.

Complete details and additional information are available to the public at www.SAVE.org/TALK 

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