Courageous Conversations: Mental Health

Saturday, November 12, 2022 — 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Join us for an open, respectful discussion of mental health. All backgrounds and viewpoints are welcome in the discussion. Each participant is asked to read this month’s articles on the topic prior to the discussion.

November 12, 2022

Events > Courageous Conversations: Mental Health

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Saturday, November 12
10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT

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    America’s “mental health crisis” has been all over the news recently. How should we address the growing problem of mental illness and support those who need it? Join us to discuss and evaluate various options for addressing this issue as we connect with others through conversation.

    Please read the recommended articles before attending. You may pick up a copy at the library or read them online.


    Be Prepared

    Prior to the conversation, please read this month’s articles. Printed copies are available at the Library.

    Mental Illness in America: How Do We Address a Growing Problem?
    From The National Issues Forums. This article is available online, but there is a $1.99 fee for download. Printed copies are available at the library


    Dive Deeper

    Optional Reading/Listening

    Besides the resources listed below, you may also choose to do further reading from other sources. If you do so, keep these guidelines in mind:

    1. Choose a reputable source
      Check out the credentials of the author or publication and look for a fact-based article or book. Don’t waste time reading opinion pieces from someone who’s trying to rile you up.
    2. Exit your echo chamber
      Look for a thoughtful article or book from someone whose opinion differs from yours. Learn what the other side says and keep guideline #1 in mind when you choose this source.

    What’s Really Causing America’s Mental Health Crisis
    An 12 minute audio episode from Consider This on NPR. A transcript is also available.

    The Effects of Collective Trauma
    An article by Amy Morin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

    Teen Mental Health
    A 75 minute audio episode from Pantsuit Politics Podcast. A transcript is also available.


    What are Courageous Conversations?

    Courageous Conversations is a small-group discussion series that will provide an opportunity for people of all backgrounds and viewpoints to discuss important local, cultural, social, and political issues in a safe environment where differing opinions, patient listening, and respectful discussion are welcomed as a necessary part of building connection with others and identifying shared values. Participants may be asked to read short articles, books, or listen to podcasts prior to the meetings and will be asked to abide by our shared discussion guidelines.

    Library staff will facilitate the conversations and ensure that all participants have the opportunity to share in the discussion.

    The event is in person and attendance space is limited; please remember to register.


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    Check out the Courageous Conversations page for a complete list of upcoming and past conversation topics!

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