It's OK to Not Be OK: Supporting Yourself and Others
Join CONNECT Summit County and Author, Shaun David Hutchinson, author of queer books for young adults for an impactful discussion on supporting each other.
Shaun has real-life experience with this topic, when after a suicide attempt, he realized a great deal of his energy was spent reassuring others that he was "okay" although, often, he was not. Often, he needed to express that he wasn’t okay, but couldn’t because it made others uncomfortable. Shaun says, "My parents needed me to be 'okay,' and my friends didn’t know what to do if I wasn’t okay."
It's time to get comfortable with someone admitting they’re "not okay", learn ways to support each other, and show it’s safe to discuss how we're feeling honestly. As an author and speaker, Shaun works to normalize mental health and provide positive mental health representation in his books, in his speaking engagements, and in his life.
A little more about our speaker. Shaun was born in West Palm Beach, Florida in1978. He was a bad student who enjoyed sleeping through class, debate, theater and being a pain in the ass. In college, he studied medieval and renaissance literature before abandoning his degree to work in I.T. doing database design. Shaun is now a full-time author living in Seattle. Learn more at his website, http://www.
CONNECT Summit County is a nonprofit in Utah dedicated to creating a well-informed and stigma-free community with access to mental health services for all. We strengthen communities, save families, and change lives. We are proud to be the people’s voice for mental health in Summit County.