Mid-State to host free mental health seminars

Metro Wire Staff

Mid-State Technical College this month is hosting a series of seminars on mental health.

Joseph Reid, founder and executive director of Broken People, an international mental health peer support group, will lead the seminars. Reid is also a best-selling author of Broken Like Me, An Insider’s Toolkit for Mending Broken People.

Reid is also active as a peer support specialist and a family advocate with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health nonprofit organization.

The seminars are free but registration is required.

“One of the hardest things Joe has had to learn to do is communicate with professionals and loved ones when he is emotionally at rock bottom,” a press release from NAMI reads in part. “As a result, he created the Joe Scale (Universal Mental Health Scale) and a four-pronged method to inspire people to ‘You-tilize’ their own unique talents.”

The seminar will be available will be offered on the following dates and locations (Morning sessions are aimed toward first responders, healthcare practitioners, and other professionals. Afternoon sessions are geared toward general community members):

Mid-State Marshfield Campus, 2600 W. 5th Ave., in the Community Engagement
Room (126)

• Tuesday, January 17, 9-11 a.m. Class #26538
• Tuesday, January 17, 3-5 p.m. Class #26539
• Thursday, January 19, 9-11 a.m. Class #26540

Adams Campus, 401 Main St., Adams, in the Community Engagement Room (116)

• Wednesday, January 18, 9-11 Class #26543
• Wednesday, January 18, 3-5 p.m. Class #26544

Stevens Point Campus, 1001 Centerpoint Dr., in the Community Engagement Room (634/635)

• Thursday, January 19, 3-5 p.m. Class #26541
• Friday, January 20, 9-11 a.m. Class #26542

To register, to go courses.mstc.edu, click on “Contract Classes,” and enter the class number.