Riders start at the 2019 Ride Don’t Hide event, which raises awareness and funds to fight the stigma around mental illness. Photo: Employee & Family Resources.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and there are a few organizations, including us, who are holding related events. Here are some to mark on your calendars.
Lifting the Veil – Caring for Your Parents: The latest installment in dsm magazine’s Lifting the Veil virtual series, this event will include experts who will focus on mental health challenges for elderly parents and their loved ones. Deidre DeJear will moderate. The discussion starts at noon on May 20 and registration is free. Panelists are Dr. Yogesh Shah, chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs for Broadlawns Medical Center; Dr. Eric Barlow, psychiatrist; Julie Bergeson, family caregiver and support services manager for the Iowa Department on Aging; and Megan Wych, clinical manager at Employee & Family Resources.
Ride Don’t Hide: Employee & Family Resources is hosting its annual bike ride to help end stigma around mental illness. The event takes place May 17-23. Cyclists can participate at their own leisure on any of the six routes ranging from 16 to 38 miles. Registration is $30 and includes a T-shirt.
Mindful Teen: Community partners, educators and anyone else who works with youths are eligible to participate in 4-H’s upcoming Mindful Teen series, which will explain mindfulness, effective communication and other tips for dealing with youth mental health. The next sessions are online on June 10-11 at 9-11:30 a.m.