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Brain Health Summit: Changing the Stigma of Anxiety and Depression

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Join us for the Brain Health Summit to examine the cultural and social conditions that may contribute to stigma associated with anxiety and depression, and learn new strategies to help change stigma in our communities, workplaces and families. Renowned psychiatrist, educator and researcher, Dr. Michael Peroski, will share insights on the “biopsychosocial lens” associated with an individual’s anxiety or depression, and approaches useful in treatment. Integrated in our seminar are the NAMI Dubuque team, who will provide in-depth, firsthand insights on brain health and the need for a community-minded approach toward compassion and understanding.

Anxiety and Depression through a Biopsychosocial Lens | Dr. Michael Peroski
In the United States, more than 40 million adults suffer from anxiety and 21 million adults from depression. The rates of these conditions have been rising for several years, with the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic contributing significantly to this rise. In psychiatry, we think about experiences with anxiety and depression through a biopsychosocial lens, which considers the unique interplay of the biology, social situation and psychological makeup of a patient. This keynote presentation focuses on how anxiety and depression can be understood through a biopsychosocial lens, and what approaches under each domain can be taken to treat them. There will also be discussion on the effects of culture, stigma and social conditions on whether or not individuals seek treatment and how they experience these conditions. 

Identifying the Measure of Peer Support | NAMI Leadership: Britni Farber
  • What is peer support?
  • How does peer support work to reduce stigma?
  • NAMI Principles of Support
  • Why support services matter
The Importance of Education from a Caregiver | NAMI Barb Otting
  • How does education create positive outcomes for stigma reduction and advocacy? 
The Importance of Education from a Peer Perspective | Jim Vansteenburg and David Lange
  • The value of education for peers
  • WRAP classes and the “to-go” initiative


Class Details

1 Session(s)

NICC Peosta Campus

MultipleInstructor :
1.NAMI NAMI Dubuque2.Dr. Michael Peroski 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
11/7/2023 Tue 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Peosta, NICC Peosta Campus  Map Dr. Michael Peroski  ; NAMI NAMI Dubuque