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Brain Health Summit: Destigmatizing Brain Health

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Virtual Live
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Business and Community Solutions
844.642.2338, ext. 1399
$29 - Tuition Assistance Available
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Keynote: Destigmatizing Brain Health Through Compassion 

Compassion is the act of recognizing the suffering of others and taking action to help them. It’s what Sean Astin proposes to lessen the stigmas surrounding mental illness, and he understands that stigma while having been raised by his mother, actress Patty Duke, who openly experienced brain health issues. Astin will emphasize the importance of building compassionate communities to destigmatize mental illness and offer strategies as simple as actively listening or knowing the appropriate language to use to support someone who has a mental illness. He will share his deeply personal story of carrying on his mother’s legacy of championing brain health.

Attend the interactive, virtual Brain Health Summit for sessions like:

  • “The Stigma of ‘Mental Illness’ ” featuring Jaymi Dormaier, MindSpring
  • “Sky: A Short Film Screening” including a Q&A with the filmmakers
  • Power Minds featuring Challenge to Change; Project Rooted; Two by Two; University of Dubuque Social & Emotional Learning Program
  • Mindfulness Meditation featuring Anne Funke

This opportunity is funded through a partnership with American Rescue Funds.


Meet the Keynote Presenter: Sean Astin

Sean Astin, an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director, producer, author, political activist and philanthropist, is well known for his film debut portraying Mikey in Steven Spielberg’s The Goonies in 1985. Known also for playing the title role in Rudy, Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Bob Newby in Netflix’s hit series, Stranger Things 2, he’s a familiar figure to many. However, his mission to raise awareness of mental health goes beyond his career. His mother, Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when he was a child. She became a vocal advocate for brain health awareness and Astin works to continue her legacy.


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Presenting Partner:

Brain Health Now is a grassroots organization dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding the term “mental illness” by inspiring the public to use different words. Brain health issues and disorders, rather being character flaws or personal weaknesses, have biological and neurological basis and often can be successfully treated.