MENTAL WELLNESS CONFERENCE PLANNED

By KEVIN TREVELLYAN

The public is invited to attend the second annual Mental Wellness Conference in Rexburg.

Officials from Madison Memorial Hospital, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Madison School District 321 and Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center are holding the event to educate residents about the “mental wellness crisis” sweeping eastern Idaho.

One in four Americans 18 or older suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, according to John Hopkins Medicine.

“This is a crisis situation in our community, and we want to make sure we can help as many people as possible identify the biggest signs of mental illness and how we can deal with them,” Madison Memorial Hospital spokesman Doug McBride said.

The free event takes place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Madison High School, 2300 University Blvd.

Six presenters will speak about variety of mental illness topics including symptoms, suicide, prescription medication abuse, stress, grief and more.

A roundtable discussion presented by Voice Advocacy and the Suicide Prevention Action Network will follow the conference from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The discussion will focus on four topics, including mental illness risk factors, signs and triggers, community support and resilience.

“This event is not only for those struggling with mental illness, it’s also for individuals who are aware of others who are experiencing these issues,” McBride said.