Mental Health Mondays at Clark for all

first_imgWhat: Mental Health Mondays.When: Noon to 1 p.m. Mondays starting April 16.Where: Penguin Union Building, Clark College. The first two sessions are in room 258C, the rest in the student lounge.Cost: Free.Information: http://www.clark.edu/student_services/counseling/mhm.phpA popular event series that brings together college students and community members will start its spring run this month.Mental Health Mondays, a string of weekly one-hour presentations, will be in session starting April 16 with “Mindful Eating.” The event will be the first of seven that stretch into June.Since 2007 Mental Health Mondays has been a resource for those affected by mental illness — directly or indirectly. The first-ever session was about the psychological impact of war, said Judy VanPatten, the Clark counselor who started the series.“We had 200 people in that first session, a lot of them veterans,” VanPatten said. “We expected maybe 50. It was overwhelming.”Each quarter since then, VanPatten has put on a series of programs on mental health.She has no trouble finding speakers to volunteer their time. You could say VanPatten is well-connected in the local mental health community. She’s been a counselor at Clark for 39 years.“I’ve been thrilled by the response from practitioners and from people looking for information,” she said.The lecture series covers a wide range of topics within mental health. This quarter includes sessions titled “Grief or Depression, Which Is It?” and “Alternatives to Psychiatric Medications.”last_img