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February 8, 2020
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Time Details:
Doors will open at 9 a.m. for coffee & social hour. The event will start at 10 a.m.
FHSU Memorial Union
700 College Dr-Ballroom
Hays, KS 67601
No cost to attend; sponsored by Robert E. & Patricia A. Schmidt Family Foundation
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Hope in the Heartland Symposium

Saturday, February 8, 2020

High Plains Mental Health Center & the Schmidt Family Foundation are pleased to offer a one-day educational symposium, "Hope in the Heartland." This event is intended to raise public awareness about mental health, substance use, & farm stress.

We will discuss challenges facing the agriculture industry, coping strategies, public policy, & health outcomes.
No cost to attend; event is sponsored by the Robert E. & Patricia A. Schmidt Family Foundation.

To guarantee a meal, you must RSVP, by January 24, directly to

Guest speakers will include:
Chuck Ingoglia, CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, based in Washington D.C.  Chuck will provide an update on public policy & discuss the importance of reducing the stigma around mental illness.  

Kimberly Nelson, regional administrator with the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, will discuss farm & rural behavioral health policy considerations.

Mykel Taylor, an associate professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, will provide an overview of the current agriculture economy in rural Kansas.

There also will be panel discussions featuring Northwest Kansas legislators, agriculture experts, local farm families, & more.