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Mental Health: Mind Matters Exhibit

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    Mental Health: Mind Matters will be open daily at the Science Center of Iowa from February 5, 2019, through April 28, 2019.

    The exhibit will be included with regular SCI admission ($13 for adults, $9 for seniors and $9 for children 2-12). Discounted admission is available for groups of 10 or more, and schools may visit SCI for just $2 per student through February 2019 (or $5.50 per student after March 1).

    SCI also will have packaged experiences available for groups or organizations seeking to have deeper dialogue on the topic of mental health. For more information, contact ronnie.wells@sciowa.org.

    According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 18 percent of American adults live with mental illness. On February 5, the Science Center of Iowa (SCI) will open a traveling exhibit designed to bring attention to this critically important topic.

    Mental Health: Mind Matters, presented by HealthPartners UnityPoint Health, will use hands-on interactives and immersive multimedia experiences to help visitors explore mental illness and its prevalence in society. The exhibit will build awareness and understanding by giving visitors the opportunity to see how mental illness has been treated in the past and to better understand what it’s like to live with mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Resources also will be available for visitors who want to learn more about their own mental health or support those with mental illness who are close to them.

    "As the Science Center of Iowa, we are committed to being a convener for the community, bringing people together around complex science issues to advance their knowledge on critical topics like mental health," said Curt Simmons, SCI president and CEO. "This unique exhibit will help us understand the realities of mental illness and provide a safe, reflective place to have honest conversations – with our family members, our colleagues, our classmates and our community."

    Cheryl Harding, president of HealthPartners UnityPoint Health, added, "We are honored to have the opportunity to work with community partners to support this meaningful anti-stigma education. We know that mental illness touches the lives of so many, and awareness is a key step to treatment. Mental Health: Mind Matters will be the start of a larger community effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness through the Make It OK’ campaign, which encourages open conversations and education. The campaign was originated in 2013 by HealthPartners and community partners in Minnesota, where the exhibit was produced and previously presented."