If mental health is everyone, then why isn’t anyone talking about it??? In 2008, the WHO projected in its Global Burden of Disease that by 2030, depression and depressive disorders would be the leading cause worldwide of healthy years lost due to disability. In accordance, mental health problems already account for 35-45% of work absenteeism in many developed countries. On top of this, mental health problems reduce productivity while at work, interfere with student learning (leading to a less productive future workforce), and contribute significantly to the skyrocketing health care costs.
In short, we can’t afford to NOT talk about it.
Next Thursday, February 16th is the Second Annual ‘Mental Health is Everyone’ Summit put on by the Rice County Mental Health Collective. Come learn about the projects and initiatives of the RCMHC and find out how you can be an advocate for improved mental health of our entire community. This year we’re talking about:
- The Recovery Movement: getting Rice County on board and starting programs that foster true recovery and wellness to individuals suffering from mental health problems. These programs engage the consumer as an active participant and director in their recovery.
- PERMA: promoting mental well-being community-wide. This mental health promotion is rooted in the science of positive psychology that is empowering people with knowledge and tools to live fuller and more resilient lives.
- Social-Emotional learning: how is Rice County supporting the whole child? We all know that you can’t learn if your basic needs–both physically and emotionally–are met. How can we ensure that we, as a community, are truly supporting our students’ academic and life success?
The Summit will be held in Room 236 at the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity located at 320 Third Street East, Northfield, MN.