(ORIENT) The Wallace Centers of Iowa will host a Community Conversation event called “Mental Health: A Mother’s Story” on Thursday, September 8that 7 p.m. at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center.
Guest speaker will be Joan Becker of Parkersburg. Becker will share her story about her son Mark’s struggle with paranoid schizophrenia and her family’s experience in coping with mental illness in hopes it will help others. The Becker family believes that strong faith has enabled them to endure the tragedy which occurred in their family on June 24, 2009 when Mark Becker shot and killed Aplington-Parkersburg High School football coach Ed Thomas.
The hour and a half presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. The program is open to the public, and may be of special interest to individuals affected by mental health issues, their family and friends, mental health workers and other professionals working in this area including magistrates and judges, advocates, social workers, and facility administrators.
Cost is $5 per person and refreshments will be served. Reservations are required because of limited seating. Please call the Country Life Center at 641-337-5019end_of_the_skype_highlighting to reserve your seat or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center is located at 2773 290thStreet in Orient.