NAMI Fox Valley is offering a virtual outreach series to honor Mental Health Awareness Month. Click the program titles below to learn about each presentation, see its date and time, and register!

While we hope that you can join us live, each presentation will also be recorded and sent to registrants at a later date to accommodate schedules that don’t allow for live attendance.

Questions? Contact Megan Zimmerman, NAMI Fox Valley’s Community Outreach Coordinator, at mzimmerman@namifoxvalley.org.

Monday, May 10th 11:00am to 12:00pm
Presented by: Ignacio “Nacho” Enriquez (Behavioral Health Officer with Appleton Police Department) and Joshua Hopkins (Behavioral Health Officer with Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office)
This presentation will explore what prompted the Appleton Police Department to create a position for a Behavioral Health Officer, discuss common responses of law enforcement to a crisis encounter when working with individuals living with mental illness, and explain the role of crisis-intervention trained (CIT) officers. The presenters will also outline Outagamie County’s new Safety Alert Flag Enrollment (SAFE) Program, which is a flagging system for first responders that provides information on how to better respond to a community member who may be in a behavioral health crisis. 
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Monday, May 17th 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Presented by: Sarah Bassing-Sutton (Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator with N.E.W. Mental Health Connection)
In this presentation you will learn about the N.E.W. Mental Health Connection’s new initiative “Strong Minds 4 Men,” an awareness campaign focused on men’s mental health. The goal of the campaign is to provide a place for men to explore mental health concerns, and most importantly, to reach out for help.
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Tuesday, May 25th 11:15am to 12:15pm
Presented by: Carmen Meuret, MSW, CAPSW (Post Graduate Therapist Trainee with Catalpa Health)
The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified already existing mental health challenges for all populations and over a year later since the onset of this crisis, we continue to see these challenges plague our communities. Unsurprisingly, youth mental health has become a topic of increasing focus and concern over the past several months. From a rapid and unexpected transition into virtual school, the loss of sports seasons and graduations, to isolation and financial stress, our youth have felt the weight of this pandemic since its beginning. Our community has seen an increase in anxiety, depression, trauma-exposure, grief, and overall stress levels amongst youth. Carmen Meuret, APSW, Post-Graduate Therapist Trainee at Catalpa Health, will discuss and bring light to some of these challenges impacting youth mental health in the COVID-19 era. In raising awareness of these challenges, this presentation will also discuss potential ways to offer support and continue in helping to develop and nurture the resiliency of today’s youth.
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