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Close to Home: It’s OK to Not Be OK, with Jeff Ditzenberger

October 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Close to Home”—a companion series to the popular “Great Decisions” foreign policy presentations—is a domestic issues series that explores a range of topics that have the potential to impact the daily lives of people within our community. “It’s OK To Not Be OK,” being presented on Monday, October 28 at 69 PM in MPL’s Balkansky Community Room, is the culmination of one person’s story of a battle with mental health challenges. Jeff–who long ago set fire to an abandoned structure with the intention of never leaving in order to commit suicide–now speaks to groups about the importance of destigmatizing mental health issues and talking about suicide, most especially in our rural communities, where stress and anxiety are at all-time highs in the farming industry. Ultimately, his experiences led Jeff Ditzenberger to become the founder and President of TUGS—Talking, Understanding, Growing, and Supporting—a non-profit support group for those struggling with their mental health. “It’s OK” addresses how a bad day doesn’t make a bad life. Jeff also discusses how to recognize signs of depression in others and how to find and use coping methods. Jeff has been seen on many local news programs throughout southern Wisconsin, as well as on HBOs “Vice News.” You won’t want to miss this incredible program. Admission is FREE!!!

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Balkansky Room, Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220 United States
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