First District is pleased to bring you a series of brown-bag presentations during National Prevention Week, May 14th - May 18th. Whether you are interested in the opioid epidemic, youth marijuana use, or recognizing and preventing addiction or suicide, you’ll learn something new. These mini-seminars will be from noon to 1:00 pm each day except for the special evening presentation on Wednesday, May 16.. From licensed addiction counselors and clinical counselors to tobacco prevention professionals to bereaved parents, each speaker enriches their presentation with their background and experience. Join us for one day or all five – the presentations are FREE.
Monday May 14 – Addiction Policy Forum: What is Addiction?
Speakers: Mitzie Nay and Bonnie Riely, TTS
Mitzie Nay lost her son Aidan to an overdose of methamphetamine and heroin. She is passionately dedicated to ending the shame and stigma surrounding addiction and other substance use disorders Bonnie Riely is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist who has not only studied addiction in depth, but has experienced it personally. Together they will increase your understanding of the addiction process.
Tuesday May 15 – Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse
Speakers: Candis Mock, LAC - NCHSC; Amy Thull, LAC - Trinity Addiction Services; Ryan Fila - Motion Impact Founder and Speaker
Candis Mock grew up in an alcoholic home, and strugged with her own substance abuse issues. She is now a recovering meth addict/alcoholic, and has been clean/sober for 21 years. She is a LIcensed Addiction Counselor at North Central Human Service Center, and has been working in the profession for 13 years.
Ryan Fila is the founder of the YouTube channel Motion Impact. Amy Thull is a licensed addiction counselor at Trinity Addiction Services in Minot.
Wednesday May 16 – Opioid Drug Misuse
Presentation: The Fatal Fetanyl: From China to a Small American Town
Speakers: Jason Henke, parent
In 2015, Mr. Henke lost his son Bailey to a fentanyl overdose. He shares his story to prevent others from having to experience the same devastation.
Thursday May 17 – Youth Marijuana Use
Speakers: Roxanne Vendsel, RN and Danell Eklund, RN
Marijuana: What's the Harm? Is marijuana safe? What's happening in states that have legalized marijuana? The answers may surprise you. Presented by Roxanne Vendsel, the Director of Nursing at First District, and Danell Eklund, the County Nurse Supervisor.
Friday May 18 – Prevention of Suicide
Speakers: Karina Stander, MSU Wellness and Aaron Moss, MPD
Karina Stander is a Wellness Specialist at Minot State University (MSU). She has a B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Sports and Fitness Programming and a MA degree in counseling. She leads the StepUp initiative at MSU, which is a bystander intervention program.
Aaron Moss is a 14 year member of the Minot Police Department presently assigned to the Crime Prevention Unit. His personal experience in this topic comes from his work in the Patrol Division handling mental health related calls. He is a certified Crisis Intervention Team instructor.