June’s Mental Health Forum had to be unexpectedly rescheduled.
For the in-person portion, we will be meeting in the Tea Garden outside the Mad Hatter Cafe and Co-op in Athens, PA.
Join us to share your concerns and ideas for improving mental health and mental health supports in our community. We will be building on our first forum and welcoming new people into the conversation, new perspectives and new ideas for taking action to create change.
This event is FREE!
Join us for all or for part of the discussion.
We will have both in person and virtual participation again.
Please register by if you plan to join us! CLICK HERE to go to the registration form. If you are joining us virtually, we will email you the meeting info.
SMASH: Beginning at 7pm (Space is Limited) Register for a 15-minute SMASH session in either Spike’s Room or Tasha’s Room in the Break Room!
SMASH Premium Registration: $35 An individual 15 minute SMASH session, just you plus either Spike or Tasha in the room.
SMASH Regular Registration: $20 A 15 minute SMASH session, you plus 2 other regular registrants in the room with either Spike or Tasha.
For both registration options you will get with a plate you can write on and other items to smash with a baseball bat! You must sign the liability waiver to participate. The Break Room provides all safety equipment.
Beginning at 5:30pm, join us for a Social Mixer in the Break Room lounge and adjoining restaurant for light refreshments and good conversation with many of our guest speakers for Perspectives on Freedom. No pre-registration required. A $10 donation is requested at the door to cover event expenses. Any proceeds from the Mixer will be split between the two charities.
Liz Terwilliger for Congress aims to increase public engagement in conversations about issues that affect our freedoms. To that end, the LT4C campaign committee is hosting Perspectives on Freedom where guest speakers and members of the public will converge on a variety of topics via moderated break-out sessions in a “reverse town hall” style format featuring facilitated, open and respectful discussions.
Because space in each break out session is limited, we are assigning numbers to registrants. The earlier you register, the lower your number will be! The lower your number the higher your priority in session selection. We’ll be doing specific session selection in August. Register today to get your number!
On Sunday, May 23rd the first in a series of community discussions about mental health was launched in Williamsport, Pa. The forum was conducted both in-person and on-line to allow as many participants to attend as possible. The discussion was led by Liz Terwilliger, Libertarian candidate for Congress (12th District). The Break Room, a business focused on safe and fun ways to release stress and negative emotions hosted the event.
“The difficult times we all experienced this past year has highlighted the need for more attention to the mental health of our community,” said Liz. “These forums are needed to allow members of our community to identify what we need so that we can work together with area organizations and our representatives to find solutions that fit our unique needs.”
The discussion at the forum was far-reaching; conversation ranged from barriers to accessing care, qualifications and requirements placed on providers, and the stigma of mental illness and of seeking help. Also discussed were the preconceived ideas about individuals with mental illness and specific diagnoses and the recent increase in teen suicide.
As discussion around the stigma of mental illness and of seeking help gelled, Liz summarized the sentiment of the discussion, “I am not weak because I need help. I am strong because I sought the help I need.” This sentiment, changing the way we think and talk about mental health and wellness permeated the discussion.
Special attention was given by the group to our unique challenges living in a rural are. “A consensus from participants was the challenge in some of our district due to distance of mental health providers who are taking new patients, who covered by insurance or just finding any at all.”
Some participants identified cultural barriers they had personally experienced, such as hesitance to seek help due to fear of losing one’s guns or fear of what others in their family or community might think or say about them.
In each area the group discussed concerns and needs in depth and developed an action plan which will be acted on in coming weeks. The next Forum was scheduled for June 16th from 11am-1pm at the Lewisburg Farmers Market. For updates and more information, visit the Events and the Issues pages at lizterwilligerforcongress.org.
Fire Departments across the state have had their funding impacted by COVID-19 restrictions cancelling so many critical fundraisers. We want to do something to help the departments in the 15 counties of the 12th Congressional District. We are organizing a shoe drive fundraiser as a district-wide challenge.
Liz Terwilliger for Congress is providing supplies to departments, promoting the drive, collecting bags of shoes at the end of the drive, coordinating the shipping of collected shoes and distributing proceeds to each participating fire department.
Participating Fire Departments will collect shoes at their fire house, promote the shoe drive, store bags of shoes collected in a dry place out of the weather.
Departments will receive 100% of the funds raised for the shoes they collect. The more a Department collects, the more money they’ll raise.
As an added incentive, the Fire Department that collects the most shoes will get their name on the Firehouse Footgear Challenge Plaque (donated by Woodland Art) and will possess the plaque until next year’s drive.
Shoes have to be clean and gently used or new.
Liz Terwilliger is partnering with Funds2Orgs. They are paying for the shoes collected, by the pound. They are supplying collection bags that hold approximately 25 pairs of shoes. Each bag is worth approximately $10 in proceeds. Shipping will be FREE if we collect 100 bags of shoes combined from all participating departments.
Join us April 24th to Celebrate Earth Day and give back a little to the community by clearing brush and cleaning up litter around the pond at the Marysville Lions Club Park. There will be 3 projects we’ll be working on at this event. 1. Clear vines and low vegetation that is crowding David’s Walk. 2. Trash cleanup on the bank. 3. Cutting the low scrub around the pond. Bring work gloves, clippers or loppers and dress for the weather. We’ll be meeting in the parking area on the south side of the pond at 10am and working until we’re done.
Join us Saturday, April 17th at 9am, as we join Friends of Salt Springs Park to Clean Up the Park! Salt Springs State Park is a beautiful park north of Montrose in Susquehanna County, PA.
Friends of Salt Springs will provide food, beverages, and a T-shirt to all who come out and help with annual chores like:–Rake lawns and flowerbeds–Paint signs–Split, haul, and stack firewood–Dig out fire pits–Scrub picnic tables and interpretive signs–Pick up twigs, branches, stones, trash, flood debris from the campgrounds –Clean out the salt spring–Walk the trails and pick up and prune as needed–Clean up the vegetable garden–And, of course, “much more”! Visit their Facebook post for more information: Click Here