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Guthrie to Address Mental Health Issues in next Lecture Event


JONESBORO – Jillian Guthrie, a professional social worker who specializes in mental health and addiction issues, will make the next presentation in the 2017-18 Lecture-Concert Series at Arkansas State University.

She will speak Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. in Room 1041 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (GPS: 2401 Aggie Road).  Her presentation is supported in part by the A-State Counseling Center.

Guthrie has worked on a wide range of cases, from child welfare and delinquency to homeless and chronically mentally ill, as a supervisor and professor.

At the age of 34, she found herself in a struggle to survive physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  In the grips of depression and addictive behavior as a mental health professional, Guthrie struggled with shame and self-doubt due to the stigma of needing outside assistance to restore her own health.

Realizing she was not alone in her imbalance, she moved slowly towards recovery.  Energized to help change and improve the helpers’ experience, she has been sharing her story, research and insight with humor and candor through her organization, Healers in Balance.

The Lecture-Concert Series serves Arkansas State and the surrounding communities by bringing notable guest speakers and performers of diverse backgrounds and wide appeal to the campus, according to Dr. Tim Crist, chair of the Lecture-Concert Committee.

For more details about the series, interested individuals may visit the Lecture-Concert Series website (http://www.AState.edu/lectureconcert), or contact Crist, tcrist@AState.edu, (870) 972‑2094.

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