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Tackling the mental health stigma

KSB to launch brain health series

DIXON – KSB Hospital is looking to change the conversation when it comes to mental illness and reframe it with a focus on brain health.

The hospital’s community wellness division will be launching a 10-part lecture series this year with brain health topics including anxiety and panic attacks, ADHD, the aging brain, parenting resilience and suicide prevention.

“Brain health issues and disorders, rather than being character flaws or personal weaknesses, have biological and neurological bases and can be successfully treated,” the hospital said in a news release. “We need to treat brain health issues the same way we treat heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and any other physical disease.”

The first event will feature Ben Nemtin, mental fitness advocate and co-founder of MTV’s “The Buried Life” who struggled with depression and found a way to combat it by creating a bucket list with friends that grew into a global movement. The “5 Steps to Making the Impossible Possible” presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Call 815-285-5990 or go to ksbhospital.com/events to register. A $10 donation is suggested at the door, and all proceeds go to the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

The brain health initiative was inspired by Brain Health Now, an Iowa grassroots organization that wants to reduce the stigmas surrounding mental illness by changing the term to brain health and spreading awareness in the community.

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