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Mental health awareness breakfast will address need for access to treatment in Iowa

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Some very personal stories will highlight the 2nd annual Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center awareness virtual breakfast Friday morning, May 14. The 7:30 a.m. event is still accepting online reservations for individuals and businesses. https://www.unitypoint.org/waterloo/bhgmhc-breakfast.aspx

The annual event had to be cancelled due to COVID last year, but returns virtually this year to address the ongoing need for mental health treatment in Iowa.

Mary Neubauer and Larry Loss will tell their family's story. They know the pain of trying to find mental health treatment for a loved one.

Their 18-year old son, Sergei, took his own life in 2017, after battling PTSD, anxiety and depression. His parents couldn't find the mental health treatment their son needed in Iowa. http://www.iowahealthieststate.com/blog/make-it-ok/mary-neubauer-larry-loss-son-sergei-ptsd-anxiety-depression-suicide-advocacy-mental-health/

The Steele Report this week will focus on the status of mental health treatment in the area right now

Guests on the Steele Report this week will include Tom Eachus, Executive Director of Unity Point's Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center, and Alyssa Fruchtenicht, Manager of Behavioral Health Services at the Mental Health Center. https://www.unitypoint.org/waterloo/mental-health.aspx

Also on the program this week is Anesa Kajtazovic, Development Director for the Unity Point Allen Foundation. https://www.unitypoint.org/waterloo/foundation.aspx

The Unity Point Allen Foundation sponsors the annual awareness breakfast as a fundraiser for the Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center.

To purchase a ticket to the breakfast, contact the Allen Foundation, or call 319-235-3960, You can also go online at: https://www.unitypoint.org/waterloo/bhgmhc-breakfast.aspx

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Ron Steele

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