A five-part series on mental health will continue on Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26. Identical programs will be presented at 10 a.m. – noon & again at 6 – 8 p.m.
The first session titled “Navigating Mental Health Services” was led on Nov. 27 by Cheri Kreitzmann, counselor and owner of Soar Counseling in Cody and vice-chair of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)-Park County.
On March 5, “A Conversation About Suicide” will be led by a five-person panel including Josh Spinney, Licensed Professional Counselor at Cody Regional Health Behavioral Health Clinic; Peg Monteith, Park County School District 6 Student Support Services Director and current Interim Superintendent; Deb Bank, a parent affected by her son’s suicide who supports families who have lost someone by suicide; Dr. Terresa Humphries-Wadsworth, Associate Project Director with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and Suicide Prevention Resource Center; and Rhianna Brand who represents Grace For 2 Brothers, an educational organization dedicated to the advocacy of suicide prevention through awareness and education in Wyoming.
A panel on March 12 will focus on “Adolescent Mental Health” and will include Kori Black, counselor at Cody Middle School; Rick Satterthwaite, counselor at Trinity Teen Solutions; Dr. Dina Tassione, school psychologist; and Judson McKee, counselor at Yellowstone Behavioral Health Center.
“Advocating for Mental Health” will be the topic of the March 19 meeting. Warren Murphy, board member of Yellowstone Behavioral Health, will moderate a panel consisting of Dr. Shaun Balch, Clinical Director of Yellowstone Behavioral Health Center; Colin Simpson, former speaker of the Wyoming House of Representatives and long-time advocate for mental health services; Wendy Corr, regional journalist with a background in newspaper as well as radio and TV broadcasting; and Roy Eckerdt, Chief of the Powell Police Department and board president of Yellowstone Behavioral Health.
The final session in the series, “Living Well,” will be led by Sara Murray, board chair of NAMI-Park County. Murray will discuss ways of creating social support networks with Christy Schmeiser, yoga instructor; Linda Raynolds, professional artist; Jenny DeSarro, Greater Yellowstone Coalition Conservation Coordinator and avid naturalist; and Megan Gaspers, owner of Firefly Yoga and Wellness in Cody.
The series is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Park County Public Library and Christ Episcopal Church.
This just in from the Rev. Mary Caucutt announcing an exciting partnership with Healthy Park County for the upcoming Mental Health Challenges series at the Library. Healthy Park County is an initiative of Park County Health Coalition. PCHC is an innovative organization committed to mobilizing the community of Park County through awareness, education, and advocacy of health and wellness issues. Through local partnerships, various community outreach events, and an impactful online presence, Healthy Park County will have the ability to provide resources to those who need it the most. Wendy Morris is the Park County Health Coalition coordinator.
My sense about Healthy Park County is that it is a wellness, education, and prevention community based organization.
The series kicked off with two free screenings of the award-winning film, “Paper Tigers,” on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. at Big Horn Cinema. The film chronicles a year in the life of six students at Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Wash., where students had a history of truancy, behavioral problems and substance abuse. Lincoln’s principal learned about the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and decided to radically change the school’s approach to discipline.