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Joliet Junior College to address mental health issues with symposium

Breakout session to cover topics aimed at students

JOLIET – Joliet Junior College will host sessions Friday to address misconceptions about mental health issues. 

The Anti-Stigma Symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at JJC in the J-Building at the main campus, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet.

The symposium will include sessions throughout the day that will focus on mental health topics such as domestic violence, addiction and music therapy, according to a JJC news release. 

The event is aimed at students and meant to help address stereotypes and misinformation about mental health.

One speaker for the event is Garret Rapp, a member of the band The Color Morale from Rockford. He will give the last presentation of the event at 3 p.m. Friday. Rapp is passionate about helping young people who struggle with depression, self-harm, suicide, sexual abuse and eating disorders, Victoria Goodman, one of the symposium organizers, said in the news release. 

She said people should attend to learn about mental health issues.

“Those who come will leave with a better understanding of mental health issues and what they can do to find help or provide support to others who are suffering,” Goodman, a JJC student, said in the news release. 

The first breakout session at 9 a.m. Friday will address stigmas, addiction, disabilities, domestic violence and self-injury behavior. One of the presenters will represent Guardian Angel Community Services.

The following session at 10 a.m. will be about mental illness and violence, mental health first aid, adolescent mental health, meditation and mindfulness, and support services for adolescents. 

The third breakout session at 11 a.m. will cover stories of families affected by substance abuse, helping people, coping with stress, autism, police and stigma. 

A community resource fair and lunch break will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a domestic violence demonstration called “A Walk In Her Shoes.” 

The fourth and fifth breakout sessions will cover domestic violence, trauma, music therapy, interacting with people with hearing impairments, bad science in psychology, cultural respect and addiction. For information, visit shawurl.com/2j63 or jjc.edu

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