Mental Health Speaker, David Woods Bartley (Peosta)

Date
Monday, September 20, 2021
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Location
Building Room AG 1
NECAS
8342 NICC Dr
Peosta, IA 52068
Event Contact
Kara Popp
poppk@nicc.edu

"The why of suicide and the how of hope." The truth is suicide doesn’t look a certain way. Even before COVID-19, mental illness, trauma, and many other reasons were causing people to end their own lives tragically.

Recent suicides of the famous, the accomplished, and the people we see in our neighborhoods point out that much lies behind a forced smile, a distracting joke, or a seemingly perfect life. And then, in the aftermath of a suicide attempt, or completion, there is the understandable and agonizing cry of, “Why??!!”

This keynote chronicles the story of my journey from a suicide attempt and a decade’s long fight with mental “hellness” to the experience of genuine mental health. Audiences sit in the front row of my life and witness both the battle and the victory over the monster of soul-crushing hopelessness.

Like most people, David Woods Bartley has seen his fair share of successes and setbacks; from directing a nationally recognized nonprofit to battling a life-threatening mental illness. But over the last seven years, David has successfully navigated from the isolation of mental "hellness" to the inclusive space of mental wellness.

Join us for this meaningful presentation by David Woods Bartley, TEDx Speaker/International Mental Health Educator, Trainer and Advocate.

View David's Website.