Registration Now Open for Annual Mental Health Conference

Mental Health Conference

Mark your calendars for the Twin Cities Jewish Community Mental Health Conference – an event that has been raising awareness of mental health issues, reducing stigma and providing support for individuals, families and professionals since 2001.

The event, Inviting Positivity in Uncertain Times, is free and open to people of all faiths and spiritualities. It will be held virtually on Sunday, October 18, 2020.

The keynote address, featuring Bryan Piatt, will explore the experience of living with OCD and anxiety and creating a work/life balance. The conference will offer a variety of breakout sessions workshops with relevant topics to choose from covering a broad-range of mental health issues.

JFS will be well represented at the conference. JFS mental health practitioner and PEARLS counselor Tara Burns MA, and JFS Community Chaplain Rabbi Lynn Liberman, BCC, will present “COVID-19: I’m Doing OK, But Why Do I Feel So Sad?” from 12:35 to 1:35 p.m. Living through this pandemic has taken a social, emotional, physical and spiritual toll on many. While we continue to adapt and find new ways to venture forth, this is still a journey filled with feelings of loss; feelings of strangeness in once-familiar places; and feelings of hesitancy with each new day. These are signs of grief. In this workshop, we will seek to name this ongoing reality and understand the challenge it presents to our comfort and well-being.
JFS therapist Beth Johnson, LMFT, will present “Cultivating Self-Compassion in Your Daily Life,” also from 12:35 to 1:35 p.m. This workshop will teach participants how to be more compassionate towards themselves, especially during times of struggles; how to decrease negative self-talk; and how to live more mindfully and in the present. Participants will learn how to start a journey of self-discovery, and how to let go of the “shoulds” and unhelpful beliefs that are limiting.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Bryan Piatt with KARE 11 sharing his story of living with OCD and anxiety and creating work-life balance. Bryan will be interviewed by Jana Shortal from KARE 11.
To register for the conference and see a full conference schedule, click here.