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From our experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic to cases of high-profile athletes in competition, mental health has never been more relevant.

The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and can contribute to her or his community.” In recent years, there has been growing acceptance among experts that mental health plays an important role in our overall well-being, and is just as important as physical health.

RaeAnn Christensen, Town Hall Host, moderates a diverse panel of experts from around the state to talk about the importance of mental health, the difference between mental health and mental illness, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health among underserved communities, and the life-saving resources available to those who may be struggling.

Panelists include: Melissa Huntington, Executive Director of Four Corners Community Behavioral Health; Dr. Mark Rapaport, CEO of the Huntsman Mental Health Institute; Tekulve Jackson-Vann, therapist with The Black Clinicians; Andres Brown, Assistant Clinical Director with Encircle Therapy; and Javier Alegre, Executive Director of Latino Behavioral Health Services.

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RaeAnn Christensen, Host/Producer