Changing Minds


Changing Minds is dedicated to awareness, education, understanding, and advocacy about mental health issues in Iowa. One in five Americans experience a mental illness in a given year. It’s time to erase the stigma and change minds about mental health. You can help by supporting this important community conversation. Check back soon for more information! 


Tuesday, April 16

4 – 7:15 p.m.

Mental Health Provider Exhibits

4 – 5:45 p.m.

Dr. Matthew Vasquez

4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Stop the Stigma Awards

5:15 – 5:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker Kevin Hines

5:45 – 7 p.m.

Q&A with Speakers

7 – 7:15 p.m.


Kevin Hines

Kevin Hines is an award winning documentary filmmaker of Suicide: The Ripple Effect and best selling author of Cracked Not Broken, Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt. Kevin attempted to take his own life at age 19 by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Today, Kevin is a world-renowned mental health advocate and motivational speaker.

Dr. Matthew Vasquez

Dr. Matthew Vasquez, who has clinical experience working with individuals who have experienced multiple and severe forms of psychological trauma and has researched the neurophysiological effects of trauma. He will discuss how trauma over time could ultimately lead to suicide.
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