Nicolaysen Museum of Art Hosts Governor’s Summit on Mental Health in October

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Jo Unangst, who lost her son Billy to suicide on August 30, sits with drummers during the 18th annual ‘Break the Silence Walk’ for suicide prevention (Gregory Hirst)

CASPER, Wyo.– The Nicolaysen Art Museum will host the 2022 Governor’s Mental Health Summit in October, according to a statement from Governor Mark Gordon’s office Thursday.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Rob Anda, developer of negative childhood experiences research and founder of ACE Interface. Anda will lead a panel discussion highlighting the importance of building trauma-informed communities, according to the release.

“In 2020, Wyoming, unfortunately, had the highest suicide death rate in the nation,” Gov. Mark Gordon said in the statement. “In order to address the scale of the problem, we must actively engage in finding solutions. Building partnerships and improving collaboration will help provide timely services to those who have difficulty getting help. »

Gordon, along with members of the state legislature and judiciary, will be in attendance.

“Bringing together diverse perspectives from community partners, private providers and state leaders, panel discussions will highlight current efforts and the development of a common agenda to address mental health and addiction in Wyoming,” says the press release.

The summit is free and open to anyone interested, and is supported in part by the Hughes Charitable Foundation and Align.

The summit will take place at the NIC on October 11 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The NIC is located at 400 E. Collins Drive in Casper.

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