National speaker and mental health advocate Sean Campbell will share his first-hand experiences with mental health. He will reflect on growing up in a household with a loving father whose struggles with bipolar disorder and alcoholism led to significant challenges. He will also speak on his ability to find supports and treatments in dealing with his own mental health challenges.
Campbell will be speaking at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Urban Campus from 12:15 to 1 p.m., Monday, November 13 in Bldg. #1 Room 124-126. The event is free and open to the public.
“Sean's message is personal, engaging and resonates with college-aged students," said DMACC Counselor and event organizer Rita Davenport. “Sean has spoken at DMACC campuses in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. His presentations have been well-received at DMACC and other college campuses nationwide."
Campbell is an award-winning speaker and mental health advocate, who has traveled across the United States, Canada and the Middle East, presenting to over 20,000 individuals on what is possible when we address mental health and promote wellness.
Previously, he has been involved in mentoring initiatives to support youth coping with mental health challenges, substance abuse issues and involvement in the criminal justice system. He is the 2014 recipient of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Voice Award.
Presently, Campbell works in state government for the New Jersey Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, overseeing the administration of funding for substance abuse prevention that is distributed across New Jersey. He is also a part-time J.D. Candidate at Rutgers Law School, and is a staff editor on the Rutgers Law Review.
Campbell will also be speaking at the DMACC Boone Campus from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, November 15 in the Boone Campus Auditorium. That presentation is also free and open to the public. Campbell's presentations are sponsored by the Student Activities Councils on the respective campuses.