In-Depth Week

Mental Health

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Mental Health In-Depth Week Panelists


  • Monday, May 13, 12 pm


    Moderator: Zack Kucharski


  • Tuesday, May 14, 12 pm

    What’s driving the increase of mental health needs in younger populations?

    Moderator: TBD


    Mental health needs at K-12 and higher education institutions are getting more attention these days, meanwhile young professionals are increasingly seeking benefits addressing mental health care. What’s driving these needs and how are they being addressed?

  • Wednesday, May 15, 12 pm

    Supporting Iowans in crisis

    Moderator: TBD


    Iowa police departments and nonprofits are increasingly expanding mental health liaisons or response units to deal with the growing number of individuals experiencing a crisis. What burden has this put on Iowa's criminal justice system? When law enforcement agencies often end up with crisis calls, what systemic changes can be made to get individuals the help they need? What’s the significance of these units?

  • Thursday, May 16, 12 pm

    Changes to Iowa’s mental health and substance abuse districts

    Moderator: TBD


    We’ll talk to Iowa HHS leaders about their plan to change the way Iowa is delivering mental health districts and substance abuse regions in the state. Why are the changes needed and how will these – as well as other ideas – be improving mental health care in the state?

  • Friday, May 17, 12 pm

    Working to reduce stigma and avoidance of care

    Moderator: TBD


    Stigma may lead to a resistance, isolation and other barriers to getting care. What’s being done to reduce the stigma around mental illness? What are the common pitfalls people may not know are keeping stigmas in place.

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