Addiction and mental illness are serious issues that are hard to address without the right training, but did you know that there are ways that you can make a difference?

You can help to reduce stigma and support recovery by sharing the facts with others and changing the way these issues are talked about in your community. Join us for an intensive learning experience that will prepare you to go back to your community ready to make a difference.

This workshop is free and open to County Extension Staff and State Specialists from all program areas. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Exploring stigma and how it affects individuals and communities

  • Myths vs. facts related to addiction and mental illness

  • Ways that Extension educators can combat stigma (participants will get a copy of PPT slides to use for local presentations)

  • Mental health in children and adolescents and how you should talk about it with them and with parents

  • Understanding the recovery process from the University of Kentucky Extension Specialist for Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery, Alex Elswick 

  • What Extension educators can do in their communities to support recovery

  • Ideas and tools, including a media kit with ready-to-use templates, for developing an awareness-building campaign to reduce stigma in your community

This event is being sponsored by the ISU PROSPER Rx project and is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture [grant no. 2017-46100-27192/project accession no. 1014238], with additional support from SAMHSA ROTA grant number 1H79TI081893-01.




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Did you know that August 31st is Overdose Awareness Day & September is Recovery Month?

Come take this next step with us and learn how to make a difference!

  • The workshop is free

  • Light Breakfast and Lunch will be provided

  • Mileage and hotel will be covered for those who need it

  • Details on the location in Ames will be provided to registered participants

  • Select Community Partners may attend

    If you have questions, or for more information, contact Taylor Bickel