About This Show
Today’s conversation – “Shattering the Stigma of Mental Illness” – is the third installment in our special three-part series on mental health. Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund Executive Director Maria Turner facilitates a conversation around stigma associated with mental illness with guests Elizabeth Nelson of NAMI Fond du Lac, Keziah Love of SSM Health and Kaitlyn Kenealy of her own therapy practice. We delve into the stigma and some of the historical aspects of it, as well as how each step in the therapeutic process may also open individuals up to having to battle both societal and personal stigma, shame and judgment. This series is in direct response to the finding of the 2021 collaborative research study by the four Women’s Funds in Northeastern Wisconsin looking at COVID-19’s impact on women in the region. Find the study here: https://www.fdlwomensfund.com/womens-funds-release-covid-19s-impact-on-women-in-northeast-wisconsin-study/
About Our Guests
Elizabeth Nelson is the new Executive Director at NAMI Fond du Lac. Elizabeth has a passion for ending the stigma surrounding mental illness. Elizbeth has previously worked as Mental Health Service Facilitator with Fond du Lac County Department of Community Programs (DCP) and Department of Social Services (DSS). She also has experience working as a classroom teacher at both Fond du Lac and Campbellsport High Schools, as Domestic Violence Advocate at Solutions Center in Fond du Lac and Shelter Advocate at FRIENDS Inc. Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point studying Family and Consumer Sciences and Sociology. She is currently working to obtain her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health through Lakeland University. When she is not working, Elizabeth enjoys spending time outdoors with her partner and her dog Vincent.
Keziah S. Love, MS, LPC-IT, is a Licensed Psychotherapist for SSM Health at St. Agnes Hospital where her expertise is in trauma. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh obtaining her master of science in clinical mental health and professional counseling in May of 2020. Keziah is the CEO and founder of Healing Scars Inc. since 2017. She began running her program at the Boys and Girls Club of Fond du Lac for two years. Keziah mentors and counsels young girls from Milwaukee, Fond du Lac, Racine, Kenosha, Oshkosh and the Green Bay area. She is a mother, mentor, professional actress, advocate, poet, motivational speaker and survivor of sexual assault, rape, and domestic abuse.
Kaitlyn E. Kenealy, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, holding a bachelor’s degree in history and women’s studies from UW-Stevens Point, a master’s in gender and women’s studies from Minnesota State University-Mankato and a master’s in counseling (community and mental health emphasis) from Lakeland University. Kaitlyn has been trained and is certified in: mental health first-aid, trauma informed care, batterers treatment, EMDR, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and motivational interviewing. In the past, Kaitlyn has worked with suicide risk assessments (Y-Screen) and volunteered with Camp Reunite. Kaitlyn also facilitates therapy through the Fondy Cares initiative and is a part of the Prevent Suicide in Fond du Lac committee.
About This Series
Project Table Talk is designed to bring local women (and men!) together to talk on topics that may have historically been whispered in hushed tones between best friends over the kitchen table.
No more! As in Fond du Lac Says No More, an initiative led by the FDLA Women’s Fund in partnership with Solutions Center, ASTOP, SSM Health DV Services and the Fond du Lac Police Department to raise awareness and action surrounding domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse/neglect. Although the majority of PTT topics will focus on FDL Says No More topics, we will also sprinkle in other talks that may align more with one of our other foundational pillars: economic self-sufficiency; leadership development; education; and women’s health and well-being.
Join us as we not only tackle some serious topics, but showcase some of the amazing women (and men!) leading the way to facilitate BOLD CHANGE for Fond du Lac area women and girls.