Minnesota State Mankato’s March 30 Health & Biomedical Sciences Summit to Address Mental Health

Best-selling author and speaker Johann Hari to deliver morning keynote address

March 23, 2022 | News Story

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will hold its annual Health & Biomedical Sciences Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, with this year’s topic being “Mental Health is Health.”

Participants for this year’s summit can choose to attend in person or virtually. Registration is required. Register online here. There is no cost for Minnesota State Mankato students to attend. Virtual attendance is $100, which includes continuing education units. In-person attendance is $150, which includes continuing education units and meals.

The March 30 event begins with a keynote address from 8:30-9:30 a.m. by Johann Hari, who is the best-selling author of “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs” and “Lost Connections: Uncovering The Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions.” His latest book, “Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention—and How to Think Deeply Again,” was just released.

After Hari’s keynote address, a series of lightning round sessions will be held, followed by another keynote from Abi Gewirtz, who is a child psychologist, a leading expert on families under stress and author of “When the World Feels Like a Scary Place.”

Among the topics for the lightning rounds are the following: “resilient option,” “the future of mental health care,” “the war at home” and “behavioral health – not just a city problem.”

Among the topics of the breakout sessions are the following:

  • Psychedelics: not so “far out” trauma management strategy
  • Craving: what the virtual world is doing to us and what we can do about it
  • Telepsychiatry as a shared service in higher education
  • Family and consumer science teachers: an exploration of compassion and support
  • Expanding trauma-informed SANE workforce within rural Minnesota
  • Community conversations identifying best compassionate practices in times of loss
  • Mental health pathways to care: honoring cultural values during a pandemic
  • Your brain on food: the role of nutrition in mental health
  • Implementing trauma-informed care for children in primary care
  • YWCA new American families program: panel discussion on mental health issues
  • Giving students tools to take charge in well-being

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Media interested in more information should contact Brooke Burk, associate professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services, at brooke.burk@mnsu.edu or by phone at 515-321-9369.)

Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Allied Health and Nursing is the host of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Summit.

Mayo Clinic Health System is the lead sponsor of the Summit, which is intended to highlight the University’s distinctive academics, research and industry connections in health and biomedical sciences.

Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,546 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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