Bringing Light to Shadows – a Mental Health Month Event

Bringing Light to Shadows – a Mental Health Month Event

Bringing Light to Shadows – A Mental Health Awareness Month education & networking event.

Date, Time & Place

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 1 pm to 4:30 pm

First United Methodist Church, Downtown South Bend

333 N. Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601

Social Hall, Lower Level.

You may access the Social Hall by stairs or elevator.

Parking for Bringing Light to Shadows Event
  • A limited amount of street parking on Main Street is available. Enter the glass doors to the right (north) of the church building. Head down the stairs to the Social Hall. An elevator is not available at this door.
  • Free parking spaces are available in the parking lot located at the back of the church building, on the corner of Lafayette and Madison streets. Enter the glass doors under the rain awning. Take the elevator to “G” ground level.
  • Additional, free, parking is available in the South Bend Civic Theatre parking lot, next door to the church building. At the far north corner of Lafayette and Madison streets.
Disability Access

Visitors with mobility concerns or who need handicapped access are encouraged to use our automatically opening entrance off the parking lot at the back of the church. Take the south elevator to “G” ground floor for Bringing Light to Shadows event.

About the Program

The purpose of Bringing Light to Shadows is to educate, inspire and reduce stigma around mental illnesses that underlie common compulsive behaviors. Our goal is for people to leave energize, hopeful, confident and with many resources.


Invited attendees include area social workers, counselors, medical professionals, educators, human resource professionals and staff, religious professionals and others.

Conference Learning Focus
Compulsive, maladaptive behaviors • anorexia & bulimia & body image • sexual behaviors • gambling • alcohol & substance abuse • & more.
Conference Schedule

12:15-1:00 pm : Doors open, arrival, check in.

1:00-2:15 :  Theatrical Learning Program

2:15-2:45 :  Break, resource tables, refreshments

2:45-4:00 :  Panel Discussion

4:00 p.m.+ :  Tour – Upper Room for men. Tour – Upper Room for women (a work in progress.)

Conference Format

#1 Welcome by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

#2 Professional actress and playwright Marybeth Saunders, will perform scenes from  GUTS: The Story of BooBoo & Me, her autobiographical solo show about two sisters driven apart by mental illness as expressed through eating disorders. Following each scene, Valerie Staples and Gwen DeHorn, eating disorders specialists, will help participants understand the complexity of these confounding diseases.

#3 Time for networking and visiting resource tables.

#4 A dynamic and informative panel discussion with local experts moderated by Lynn Coleman.

#5 Tours of the Upper Room Recovery Community facilities.

Presenters & Participants

Speaker biographies coming soon!

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, City of South Bend

Lynn Coleman, Consultant & Community Activist

Dr. Anthony Berardi, Ph.D., H.S.P.P., Clinical Psychologist

Sharon Burden, CEAP, SAP, Alcohol & Addictions Resource Center

Donald Cronk, LMHC, CST, East Race Therapy, LLC

Gwen Dehorn, LCSW, Gwendolyn DeHorn, LLC

Ken Norman, LCSW, Oaklawn Psychiatric Center

Marybeth Saunders, Actress, Writer & Mental Health Advocate

Valerie Staples, LCSW, Eating Disorder Services, Notre Dame Univ.

Resource Table Display Participants (15 planned)
  • The Upper Room Recovery Community
  • First United Methodist Church

Others – coming soon!


The Upper Room Recovery Community & First United Methodist Church, South Bend

Questions & Answers

Contact First Church (aka First Methodist) at

574-233-9463 or email



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