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Virtual presentation & moderated Q&A
Thursday, December 17, 2020, 7 pm
Admission is free with registration. A pay-what-you-can option is available to help defray costs of the event.
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COVID-19. The election. An uncertain economy. Unemployment. Inequalities in access to health care. There’s no doubt that 2020 has presented the perfect storm of life changing events impacting all of us in one way or another. Beneath the headlines, though, is a lesser mentioned challenge affecting a growing number of individuals: mental health issues.
Two regional mental health professionals, Dr. Bernice Patterson and Tasha Turner, will examine and discuss how big of a problem our community is facing, what the latest research shows about isolation and our mental health, and early indicators that someone is moving from normal reactions to stress into a mental health concern. They will also discuss methods to reduce and handle stress as well as local resources available to preserve and improve mental health.
Dr. Bernice Patterson is a passionate and talented psychologist, speaker, consultant, preacher, published author, and trainer. She is the founder and CEO of Infinity Consultation Group where she provides interactive trainings on issues of Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, Self-Care and Burnout Prevention, and Mental Health and Spirituality. Her life’s work is to give voice to the mental and emotional struggles that people commonly face and guide them towards a place of healing and empowerment. She is a firm believer that you can have Jesus and a therapist, too. Patterson is a proud wife and mother of two amazing little boys.
Tasha Turner is a licensed professional counselor, consultant, and community educator. She is passionate about educating the community on the connection between mental and physical health. She is a trained sociologist and professional counselor having a Master's of Arts in each discipline. She is a psychotherapist and independent consultant specializing in trauma and resilience with a particular focus on child and family development. For the past three years, Turner has developed a mental health focused community education curriculum for Spectrum Health Lakeland.