Golden Valley Human Rights Commission To Host Mental Health Awareness Program May 8

In conjunction with National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day May 8, the City of Golden Valley’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) will present a mental health awareness program featuring an original video by Twin Cities Public Television, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q & A. The event will begin at 6:30 pm in the Golden Valley City Hall Council Chambers at 7800 Golden Valley Rd.

The video, “Understanding Mental Illness In Children,” is a half-hour documentary that explores how mental illnesses are treatable in most cases and takes a close look at identifying and managing those that affect children. The video is a co-production with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

To date, panelists include Lauren Nietz, a licensed social worker with Washburn Center for Children; Renelle Nelson, parent advocate and coordinator of the Children’s Mental Health and Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Project at PACER Center; and representatives from the Silver Ribbon Campaign, a group at Minneapolis South High School initiated and led by students to provide information, support, and stigma-busting regarding mental health issues.

The HRC’s mental health awareness event is part of the “HRC Conversations” program, which works to build awareness and facilitate dialogue within the community about human rights and social justice issues.

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