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Active Minds @ Wes

Silver Ribbon Luncheon (SRL) Series

Silver Ribbon Lunch Series - Spring '14
The SRL series is designed to promote the sharing of information around topics of mental health among students, faculty & staff, administration, and community members.
This semester's series launches this Tuesday February 11th from 12:00 - 1:00 in 41 Wyllys Room 113
The schedule for this month is attached and listed below:
February 11th: Tanya Purdy, the director of Health Education at Wesleyan
will be leading an interactive workshop on sleep and stress.
February 18th: Lily Myers '15 will lead a writing workshop on topics related to mental health.
February 25th: Sarah Koppelkam '15 will tell her personal story and lead a discussion about body image
related to her Huffington Post article 'How to Talk to your Daughter about her Body'

There will be pizza for the first 20 people in attendance.
Contact Aletta Brady with questions at or 612.205.2594.

Fall '13 Series:


10th: ‘Topics in Sexual Violence Prevention and Healing’, Alysha Warren, LPC, Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator

17th: ‘Understanding the Impact of Weight Stigma’, Clara L. Wilkins, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Joseph Wellman, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology

24th: ‘Topics in Schizophrenia’, Professor Matthew Kurtz, Chair of the Neuroscience & Behavior Program


1st: ‘How to Prevent Eating Problems from Developing and Eat Well for Life’, Donna Fish L.C.S.W., Psychotherapist Private Practice New York City, author of Take the Fight Out Of Food, contributor Huffington Post

8th: ‘Deinstitutionalization in Mental Health Care; A watershed moment for Gilead and Wesleyan, a discussion of care transformation’, Barry Simon, CEO at Gilead Community Services Inc.

15th: ‘Topics in OCD & Anxiety’, Gene Gardino, L.C.S.W., Director of Counseling Services, Chapin School, NYC

29th: ‘Reframing Disability in Higher Education’, Dean Laura Patey, Director of Disability Services at Wesleyan University (Co-sponsored by Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights (WSDR))


5th: ‘Reading and Discussion on Psychological Content in Novel & Poetry’, Steven Parlato, Novelist and Assistant Professor

12th: ‘Topics in Depression and Suicide Prevention’, Dr. Jennifer D’Andrea, Ph.D., Director of CAPS at Wesleyan University

19th: ‘The Role of Social Context in Recovery from Mental Illness’, Charles Barber, Lecturer in Psychology at Yale University


3rd: ‘Topics in Epilepsy with a Focus on Temporal Lobe Epilepsy’, Gloster Aaron, Associate Professor of Biology and Neuroscience and Behavior at Wesleyan University

To recommend a speaker or a topic, or to subscribe to the Active Minds listserv, please contact Aletta Brady (cbrady@wes), Caroline Catlin (ccatlin@wes), or Miranda Orbach (morbach@wes)