Mental Health Is Human Health

Tuesday, April 12th, 2:00pm – Session 3

With Louise Rabidoux, Melissa Kaplan, and Barb Clauer


April 12th WebEx Sessions


There are many obstacles to getting mental health care: access, stigma, and fear to name a few. This workshop starts with an overview of these issues, then we’ll watch Please Stay: A Call for Suicide and Depression Awareness, an artistic program with contributions from LCC students and faculty. We’ll conclude with a chance to ask questions and an activity to creatively respond in our own words.


Biography of the presenters:


Photo of PresenterBarb Clauer, Lansing Community College English Professor since 2001, is founder/director of the LCC Community-Generated Poetry Project. In 2017 she was inspired by a poetry conference session and created what evolved into the LCC Poetry Project. Barb sees this as a culmination of decades of classroom teaching, and her world view at the core of her own teaching and learning: working collaboratively, being open, lifting up each others’ voices, and really listening to what emerges.

Melissa Kaplan (she/her) has produced dozens of plays, concerts, and events in her almost 20 years at LCC, dozens of educational videos during the previous 15 years as a media producer/manager, and currently develops and facilitates interdisciplinary projects at LCC as Academic and Arts Outreach Coordinator in the Business, Communication and the Arts Department. Melissa is host of LCC Connect’s Galaxy Forum podcast on WLNZ 89.7 FM, creator/content curator of Arts Connect @ LCC, and is very proud to be part of the Please Stay: A Call for Suicide and Depression Awareness creative team with Jon Ten Brink, Rob Edwards, Barb Clauer, Louise Rabidoux, Layne Ingram, and the many other contributors.
Louise Rabidoux is a licensed professional counselor who has provided comprehensive student support at LCC for nearly 24 years.  Most rewarding for her is assisting students: in identifying concerns, developing strengths and coping skills, and achieving academic and personal success. Her special Counseling interests are Grief and Loss, Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Depression and Anxiety, Coping with Change, Developmental Challenges, and Post-Traumatic Stress. She is an LGBTQ+ ally and a member of the LCC Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). Louise holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Michigan State University, a Bachelor of Social Work from Western Michigan University, and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors. “I strive to create a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment to help students explore their goals, feelings, and behaviors. I believe that everyone is the author of their own story, and that counseling helps clients discover their authentic narrative.”