Lions quarterback Eric Hipple keynote speaker for HOPE

Quickly approaching, on Saturday, May 4, is the Men’s Mental Fitness Morning, hosted by Rockford HOPE. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. at North Rockford Middle School Auditorium. Presentations begin at 9:00 a.m. Eric Hipple, former Detroit Lions quarterback, current Outreach Coordinator for U of M’s Depression Center, and author of “Real Men Do Cry” will provide a dynamic keynote address! He will be followed by three local experts discussing 1) “The Real Man Myth”- Al Heystek, LPC; 2) “Biochemical Factors”- Psychiatrist, Dr. David Mazur, D.O.; and 3) “How to Support a Suffering Loved One”- Gary Watson, LMSW.

The speakers will wrap up with a panel Q&A session, and local therapists, Melissa Tower, Sara Vandebyl, and Mark Oltoff, will be available for private consultation. We highly encourage men & women of all ages to attend.

Please come early and enjoy some delicious breakfast treats donated by Panera Bread, and visit the fantastic mental health booths, sponsored by Forest View Hospital, Westbrook Recovery Center, BRAINS, and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. It will be worth your time and mental health! The cost is $10 per person. Door prizes provided. Please preregister at www.rockfordhopegroup,org to guarantee a seat, or pay at the door. Email questions to Booth space remains available to advertise your services.

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