Mental health the topic of the next online Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speaker Series event

Mental health the topic of the next online Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speaker Series event


The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speaker Series, hosted by The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College presents its next online speaker series event on Thursday, December 17, at 7 pm. The evening’s topic is Mental Health “Pandemic” – The Crisis Within the Crisis.


COVID-19. The election. An uncertain economy. Unemployment. Inequalities in access to health care. There’s no doubt that 2020 has presented the perfect storm of life changing events impacting all of us in one way or another. Beneath the headlines, though, is a lesser mentioned challenge affecting a growing number of individuals: mental health issues.


Two regional mental health professionals, Dr. Bernice Patterson and Tasha Turner, will examine and discuss how big of a problem our community is facing, what the latest research shows about isolation and our mental health, and early indicators that someone is moving from normal reactions to stress into a mental health concern. They will also discuss methods to reduce and handle stress as well as local resources available to preserve and improve mental health.


About the Speakers
Dr. Bernice Patterson
is a passionate and talented psychologist, speaker, consultant, preacher, published author, and trainer. She is the founder and CEO of Infinity Consultation Group where she provides interactive trainings on issues of Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, Self-Care and Burnout Prevention, and Mental Health and Spirituality. Her life’s work is to give voice to the mental and emotional struggles that people commonly face and guide them towards a place of healing and empowerment. She is a firm believer that you can have Jesus and a therapist, too. Patterson is a proud wife and mother of two amazing little boys.


Tasha Turneris a licensed professional counselor, consultant, and community educator. She is passionate about educating the community on the connection between mental and physical health. She is a trained sociologist and professional counselor having a Master's of Arts in each discipline. She is a psychotherapist and independent consultant specializing in trauma and resilience with a particular focus on child and family development. For the past three years, Turner has developed a mental health focused community education curriculum for Spectrum Health Lakeland.


Online passes are free with registration. A pay-what-you-can option to defray the cost of the event is also available. Passes are available now at, or by calling 269-927-8700, option 1. Temporary box office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 am to 6 pm. Registration in advance is required in order to receive online access code.



About The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speaker Series

Established in 1943, the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan has brought more than 430 world leaders, policy makers, experts, and other newsmakers to the region. Its goal is to provide unique opportunities for personal and community growth. By presenting national and international speakers from a wide range of fields and expertise, this non-partisan series is dedicated to the discussion of social, economic, and public policy questions important in today’s complex society.


About The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College

The Mendel Center raised the curtain on its first Mainstage season performance in the fall of 1992. Since that time, it has presented Mainstage season performances to more than half a million patrons in the 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre. Newly renovated Grand Upton Hall, first opened in 1979, is a 13,700-square-foot venue serving the community as the host site for meetings, banquets, trade shows, weddings, and other celebrations. The 229-seat Hanson Theatre is home to the Lake Michigan College Visual & Performing Arts Departments as well as a variety of Mendel Center and community events.


The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.


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Mendel Center Season Sponsors

Stage Side: The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, Honor Credit Union, The Inn at Harbor Shores, Kruggel Lawton CPAs, Meijer, Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, Spectrum Health Lakeland, TCF Bank, TPC Technologies.


Platinum: B&L Information Systems, Berrien Community Foundation, Citadel Dance and Music Center, Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors, Insurance Management Services, Pier 33, Siena Heights University


Gold: Beaudoin Electrical Construction, Inc., Hanson Group, Holt Bosse, Horizon Bank, Metzger Insurance Agency, Silver Beach Pizza, Southshore Concert Band, Studio 807.

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