Iowa State lecture series kicks off online programming with mental health advocate

Jessi Beyer

Jessi Beyer

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University’s Lectures Program is beginning its fall line-up of online programming with the Story County Mental Health Expo.

Jessi Beyer, a mental health advocate and the author of “How to Heal: A Practical Guide To Nine Natural Therapies You Can Use To Release Your Trauma,” will present a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. At that time, go to to watch her pre-recorded lecture. This will be followed by a live Q&A with Beyer.

Beyer is on a mission to help those around her feel valid, heard and appreciated in their mental health struggles, and design lives they love waking up to. She has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including Elite Daily, Thrive Global and Best Company, and has shared her message with thousands of people across the country.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

The Story County Mental Health Expo is an annual event organized to provide attendees with a resource fair, community resources and practical, everyday tools to more fully understand and manage mental health and recovery issues.

This year’s expo, “An Evening of Hope and Healing,” is also online. Starting at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, attendees can access the virtual vendor fair at the expo website.

This event is coordinated by the Ames Police Department, Central Iowa Community Services, Eyerly Ball Mental Health, ISU Committee on Lectures, ISU Police Department, ISU Student Counseling Services, Lutheran Services in Iowa, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Central Iowa, Community Support Advocates, Community and Family Resources and Youth & Shelter Services.

Find more information about ISU lectures online or by calling 515-294-9934.