Free Mental Health Symposium event is April 11 at KCC; pre-registration closes March 27

Kellogg Community College’s Education and Human Services programs will host a free Mental Health Symposium next month on campus in Battle Creek. Pre-registration is required by March 27.

The KCC Education and Human Services Mental Health Symposium will be held from 4:30 to 8:45 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the College’s Binda Performing Arts Center, on campus at 450 North Ave. in Battle Creek.

The event is free and open to the public but individuals interested in attending must pre-register by March 27 via the online form at

The event will feature presentations on topics related to mental health as well as a keynote address from counselor and social worker Dr. Jennifer Harrison, a professor at Western Michigan University’s School of Social Work.

Harrison will speak on strategies for reducing stigma and supporting mental health recovery. Additional speakers and topics include:

  • Suicide Prevention Facilitator Scott Teichmer, of Summit Pointe, will speak about suicide prevention
  • Dr. Caelan Soma, chief clinical officer of Starr Commonwealth, will speak on the overlap of trauma and mental health
  • Dr. Odell Miller, of Off the Bench, will speak about the impact of physical health on mental health, and strategies to keep yourself healthy

All speakers will also participate in a final Q&A panel session following the last presentation.

An informal box dinner will be offered at the start of the event, with door prizes and certificates awarded throughout. Participants will also be able to collect information from vendor tables immediately before and after the speaking presentations.

For more information about the Mental Health Symposium, which is made possible thanks to a Program Initiative Grant from the KCC Foundation, email

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