Story County Mental Health Expo: Escape for Overcoming Anxiety and Intrusive Thoughts

Kai Roberts
25 Sep 2023
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Great Hall Memorial Union
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)
  • Optimae Behavioral Health Services
  • Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • Ames Police Department
  • SignCraft
  • Iowa Water & Waste Systems
  • ISU Police Department
  • YSS
  • Central Iowa Psychological Services
  • Arcadia Lodge #249 AF&AM
  • Hecks
  • Wilson Toyota

This lecture was recorded and can be viewed on the Available Recordings page. 

This free event kicks off with a local mental health provider fair, where representatives will be available to share information about on-campus and community mental health services, plus free food and great prizes!

6pm - Vendor Fair Begins + Enjoy Free Food
7pm - Keynote, Panel Q&A
8:15pm - Prize Drawing
8:30pm - Vendoor Fair Closes

Participating vendors include: 

  • ACCESS Assault Care Center

  • Alternative Response for Community Health (ARCH)

  • Alternatives Arrest Diversion Program

  • Ames Police Department

  • Ames Public Library

  • Ames Romero House

  • Catholic Charities

  • Central Iowa Psychological Services

  • CICS

  • Community and Family Resources

  • Community Support Advocates

  • Inside Out Wellness & Advocacy

  • Iowa Total Care

  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

  • ISU Extension and Outreach

  • ISU Office of Student Assistance

  • ISU Police Department

  • ISU Student Health and Wellness

  • Lutheran Services in Iowa

  • Martha's House of Hope

  • Mary Greeley Medical Center Behavioral Health Services

  • Mid Iowa Community Action

  • Molina Healthcare of Iowa

  • NAMI Central Iowa

  • Optimae LifeServices

  • Primary Health Care

  • Romans Ranch, Inc.

  • SIBBA (State of Iowa Black Belt Association/Cyclone Martial Arts)

  • The Bridge Home

  • The RedShirt Foundation

  • UCS Healthcare

  • UnityPoint Health Eyerly Ball

  • United Way of Story County

  • Walnut Creek Psychiatry

  • YSS


This year's keynote will be given by Kai Roberts, "Escape: Overcoming Anxiety and Intrusive Thoughts." Kai tells the story of overcoming the panic attacks and generalized anxiety disorder that he struggled with in college. Kai talks deeply about the origins of his anxiety, the symptoms he experienced, and the nature of his paralyzing intrusive thoughts. The presentation concludes with Kai explaining his road to recovery and an inspiring message for those who may be struggling with something similar. This is a refreshingly personal and at times uncomfortable presentation that speaks to many issues young people deal with today.

Download the 2023 Story County Mental Health Expo Resource Guide here.

Check out the Story County Mental Health Expo on Facebook by clicking here.