At the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, our mission is to build community capacity for informed, engaged, civil deliberation.
Stronger democracy through enhanced public deliberation.
Mental Health Forum
United Way Riley County, The Wamego Council of Churches and the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Kansas are hosting a public forum about issues surrounding mental health on May 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. The Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy is collaborating on the forum, which will be held at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, 700 Lincoln St. in Wamego, Kan. There will be a roundtable discussion of alternative approaches to mental health care. The forum is open to the public and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
See attached flyer.
Though the evening mental health forum was postponed, the afternoon session was held. Abilene High School students participated in a deliberative discussion regarding the hard-to-talk-about issue of mental health. The biggest theme of the discussion was the need to reduce the stigma on getting help.
ICDD recently held a deliberative discussion training session for Johnson County Libraries on Oct. 28 and 29. “The libraries in Johnson County want to do more in providing civic spaces for citizens to come together and talk about important issues,” said Dr. David Procter, director of ICDD.
The Civic Luncheon Lecture Series at Kansas State University’s Salina campus is providing the community a much-needed opportunity to discuss public issues. Their upcoming discussion, “Hydraulic Fracturing in Kansas: The Process and Challenges,” is scheduled for Nov. 14.
On Sept. 26, Kansas State University’s Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy (ICDD) and the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum co-hosted an informational panel about mental health. Six panelists from different backgrounds showed us several aspects of mental illness.
We would like to welcome our Fall 2013 interns! CECD/ICDD is excited to connect with our new and returning student staff this year.
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