The University of Saint Francis and The Lutheran Foundation are welcoming bestselling author, blogger and Ted Talks sensation Glennon Doyle Melton to present her story of struggle with mental illness on March 1. “Future of Healthcare: Healing Our Community with Hope, Part 1” will begin at 2 p.m. in the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry Street.
Melton is the author of the inspiring and hilarious New York Times bestselling memoir, “Carry On, Warrior.” She is the founder of momastery.com, an online community of thousands of readers who meet daily to experience her shameless and laugh-out-loud funny essays about marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction, recovery, and serving the marginalized.
She is also the creator and president of Together Rising, a nonprofit organization that has revolutionized online giving through “Love Flash Mobs,” and has connected countless families in need with hundreds of thousands of dollars in critical resources. She has been featured on the TODAY show, The Talk, OWN, and in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Glamour, Family Circle, Parents Magazine, Newsweek, Woman’s Day and The Huffington Post, as well as other television and print outlets.
Melton will discuss her struggles with mental illness, and her lecture will include Q&A opportunities. After the presentation, she will sign her books while a resource fair will be available for attendees to learn about area mental wellness organizations.
“We all know someone who has struggled or will struggle with addiction, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, or a host of other mental and emotional health issues,” said Dr. Mindy Yoder, dean of the USF School of Health Sciences. “Yet, we hesitate to seek professional help either because we are ashamed or we don’t know where to go. That’s why the University of Saint Francis is thrilled to partner with The Lutheran Foundation to provide our community with an opportunity to hear a story of hope. Coming together in open dialogue is the first step to healing our community.”
Marcia Haaff, CEO of The Lutheran Foundation, states, “Our vision is to promote spiritual, mental and physical well-being for all people. Glennon’s journey to whole-person health is inspiring for us all.”
This event is being presented in conjunction with The Lutheran Foundation’s new resource, LookUpIndiana.org, which will launch on February 23. LookUp will help build awareness of mental health issues and provide a connection to resources and providers in our area.
“Future of Healthcare” is free to the public, but registration is required to attend. To register, go to futureofhealthcare2016.eventbrite.com by February 28. Continuing education credits may also be available to healthcare professionals who attend this event. More information about these credits can be found on the registration site.