GAMBIER — In the aftermath of murder and abuse, as well as the mental torture as a result of bullying, more and more Knox County citizens are experiencing post-traumatic stress symptoms, are suffering from depression and some are even afraid to leave their homes. To help people deal with those issues, Mental Health America of Knox County is hosting a free public forum on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Rosse Hall on the Kenyon College campus.
Titled “Healing a Wounded Community,” the forum will give county residents a chance to talk about the fears and anxiety they are experiencing, and will also allow them to talk to the people who were directly involved in the traumatic events of the Sprang-Maynard-Herrmann murders first hand. The forum will feature a presentation by stress and trauma specialist Dr. Dennis Marikis and panelists from various county agencies.
Marikis feels the forum will give the community a better understanding of the effects of trauma, the challenges, its effect on one’s brain and its impact on one’s quality of life.