GAMBIER — Healing a wounded community is the goal of a free public seminar to be held in Kenyon College’s Rosse Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Sponsored by Mental Health America of Knox County, the public forum will address issues related to trauma and the stress it can cause.
In addition to featured presenter Dr. Dennis Marikis, there will be a panel discussion by individuals from various Knox County agencies. The News talked with a few agency representatives about the forum and why they feel it is necessary.
Pam Palm, director of health promotions for the Knox County Health Department, said her agency is very supportive of the healing seminar.
“It’s a great opportunity,” she said. “I think people are aware that bad things are happening, and it does make you unsure of your environment, which you considered to be safe in the past. So many times when people are afraid, a lot of it has to do with lack of communication and education. This is a good opportunity to communicate what the processes are, to let the community know what resources are in place and to educate people on what to do to make themselves safe.”