Mary Morris Leighton Impact Series

2019 Program Summary

The 2019 Mary Morris Leighton Lecture was expanded into a series of events called “The Mary Morris Leighton Impact Series” thanks to continued support from the Leighton-Oare Foundation. The focus of the series continues to be decreasing the stigma around mental and sharing mental health resources within the community. As part of the series, Beacon hosted two international speakers, Ben Nemtin and Kevin Hines. Both speakers shared their mental health journey and encouraged us to be comfortable being there for each other.

About Ben Nemtin

Ben Nemtin is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, co-founder of The Buried Life movement and inspirational keynote speaker. Ben struggled with depression growing up and was forced to drop out of college. Searching for purpose, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three childhood friends. He goes around the country sharing his message to dream and believe in yourself and help others along the way.

About Kevin Hines

Kevin Hines is a storyteller at heart. He is a bestselling author, global public speaker, and award winning documentary filmmaker. In the Year 2000, Kevin attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Many factors contributed to his miraculous survival including a sea lion which kept him afloat until the Coast Guard arrived. Kevin now travels the world sharing his story of hope, healing, and recovery while teaching people of all ages the art of wellness & the ability to survive pain with true resilience.

Program Highlights

140+ community members participated in viewing Kevin Hines’ Documentary: “Suicide: The Ripple Effect in September 2019 in local theatres.

1,200+ high school students and staff attended the morning event on October 8, 2019 at the Century Center to hear Ben Nemtin and Kevin Hines share their stories in-person.
700+ community members and 25+ community organizations attended the Mental Health Resource Hour and Kevin Hines presentation in-person the evening of October 8, 2019. The resource hour was a fun way to interactively highlight the variety of ways to improve and maintain positive mental health within our community.
In addition to the events outlined above, the Impact Series also includes a Video Contest and Dream Achiever Curriculum for students in St. Joseph, Elkhart and Marshall counties. The Video Contest allows high school and college students the opportunity to create videos of how they can make a positive difference in someone else’s mental health with local judges reviewing and picking the winners in November/December 2019. The Dream Achiever Curriculum is going to be piloted early in 2020 at one high school in each county. The purpose of the Dream Achiever Pilot is to continue Ben Nemtin’s message and help students plan to achieve their dreams and to encourage them to help others to do the same.

Resources from the Event:

Event History

2019 – Beyond the Bridge: In Pursuit of Mental Health – by Kevin Hines
Author of Cracked Not Broken and documentary Suicide: The Ripple Effect Co-speaker Ben Nemtin
2018 – 5 Steps to Making the Impossible Possible – by Ben Nemtin
Author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die
2017 – A Journey Through Addiction – by Nic Sheff
Author of TWEAK
2016 – The Whole Brain Child: Relationships and Resilience – by Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
Author of The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline
2015 – Helping Other Find Their “Sweet Spot” – by Dr. Christine Carter
Author of The Sweet Spot How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work
2014 – Becoming Your Best Self: The New Science of Stress and Willpower – by Kelly McGonigal, PhD
Author of The Willpower Instinct
2013 – Secrets to a Long and Happy Life: Lessons from the Blue Zones – by Mr. Dan Buettner
Author of Blue Zones
2012 – Brain Health: Not Just Another Crossword Puzzle – by Dr. Arthur Kramer
2011 – The Brain that Changes Itself: How Your Thoughts Can Change Your Brain Structure – by Dr. Norman Doidge
Author of The Brain That Changes Itself
2010 – James Rippe, MD – Author of Lifestyle Medicine
2009 – Your Total Brain Health: The History, The Importance, The Action Plan – by Dr. Cynthia Green
2008 – Keeping Your Brain Young: The Intersection of Science and Lifestyle – by Dr. Gary Small
Author of The Memory Bible, The Memory Prescription and The Longevity Bible
2007 – Everyday Memory and Aging – by Dr. Robin West
2006 – Brain Health Across the Lifespan – by Paul Nussbaum, PhD
Author of Brain Health and Wellness and Guide to Brain Health Across the Lifespan
2005 – Senior Health Fair featuring Shirley Jones
2003 – Senior Health Fair featuring Hugh Downs[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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Download the Community Benefit Report 2019