The Human Development Center (HDC) has received a $15,000 donation from Wells Fargo for building renovations to provide upgrades to HDC’s facilities. The Wells Fargo donation will allow the agency to update therapy rooms and improve waiting areas that serve its clients.
“Having a relaxed and calming lobby area is important to HDC, as we want our focus of comfort to resonate throughout our buildings and our staff,” said Jim Getchell, HDC Executive Director. “We want to ensure that the space that they are in feels inviting, comfortable and soothing.”
“HDC provides a vital service to our community,” said Scott Bradt, Wells Fargo Business Banking president for Duluth. “We are delighted to give them the opportunity to update their facilities while enhancing their space for their clients through this donation.”
HDC Sponsored Film “Call Me Mental” receives attention from local media.
Both the Northland’s NewsCenter (KBJR-Channel 6) and KUMD recently featured filmmakers Joe Olivieri and Dave Cowardin of Lola Visuals and their latest film project “Call Me Mental”. You can watch the video or listen to the interview by clicking on the links below.
KUMD INTERVIEW (you need to scroll down a bit to find play button)
HDC Teams up With Local Filmmakers to Help Promote a Web video Series Designed to Break the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health.
The Human Development Center partnered with Lola Visuals to raise funds through social media and KickstarterTM to produce a 12-part web series designed to diminish society’s false perceptions of mental health. Callmemental.com was an idea initiated by Lola Visuals filmmakers, David Cowardin and Joe Olivieri who were determined to help alter false perceptions of those living mental illness.
After successfully producing the first episode, a Kickstarter campaign was launched to help further fund the project. The campaign successfully raised over $10,000 to continue funding episodes of the series. However, additional financial support is still needed to fund the entire project as well as the production of a documentary that ties the episodes together.
Director of Outpatient Therapy at HDC, Dr Carolyn Phelps will provide clinical expertise throughout the project. Her clinical input is shared following each web episode. “By shining a light on real-life case studies, we hope to destigmatize mental illness and share the message that one in four adults will experience a mental illness in any given year, “said Foundation Director Paul Damberg.
Free and Confidential Mental Health Screening
As part of our commitment to community education, HDC provides a free and confidential on-line mental health screening tool for anyone to use.
Take a few minutes and find out whether a professional consultation would be helpful for you. After completing a screening, you may print out your results. Many people find this helpful when discussing their concerns with a health care professional. Click here to be taken to the On-Line Mental Health Screening tool.
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