Presented by Samaritan Counseling Center of Tyler, the 2016 Peace of Mind Mental Health Conference will focus on suicide prevention and feature keynote speakers Melissa D’Arabian and Eric Hipple. Celebrity chef, television host, best-selling author, and mother-of- four, Ms. D’Arabian, lost her mother to suicide. Eric Hipple, a former NFL quarterback for the Detroit Lions, lost his son to suicide in 2000 and became suicidal himself. Both speakers have dedicated their lives to building awareness of signs and symptoms of mental health issues as well as to reducing the stigma surrounding suicide. Each will share their story of hope and recovery. The conference will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 8:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Green Acres Baptist Church CrossWalk Conference Center in Tyler. There is no cost for the conference and it is open to the public.
Kathleen Wilson serves on the planning committee for the 2016 Peace of Mind Conference and, as a nurse and clinical instructor at The University of Texas at Tyler’s School of Nursing, is passionate about educating others about the illness of mental health.
“Many people with mental illness are feared and misunderstood,” Mrs. Wilson said. “There continues to be a strong stigma associated with people who have mental illness, and I try to decrease this stigma through educating my nursing students as well as working with people in the community. The 2016 Peace of Mind Conference will provide education and support to patients with mental illness and their families.”
Mrs. Wilson has also been a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County for the past 10 years. She serves with the Alliance as a facilitator for the Virtual Dementia Tour, which stimulates the sensory experience of people with dementia and educates families and medical professionals on how they can provide better care for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Mrs. Wilson is a member of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce Mental Health Subcommittee and is a board member for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She also acts as an advisor for the National Alliance for Mental Illness and for the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing on the campus of UT Tyler.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Mrs. Wilson has resided in our community for 33 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in Omaha, Nebraska, and earned her master’s degree from Texas Women’s University’s College of Nursing in Denton, Texas. Mrs. Wilson and her husband, Kyle, have been married for 33 years and are the parents of two adult children, Kenneth and Kristina. The Wilsons are members of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church in Tyler where she serves as an Eucharistic minister.
“I feel that I am blessed with the feeling of responsibility to help other people in need, and I think Tyler is a wonderful community filled with many people who feel the same responsibility,” Mrs. Wilson said.
For more information, or to register for the 2016 Peace of Mind Mental Health Conference, please visit www.peaceofmindtyler.com.