MEDIA RELEASE: Monday, May 16, 2022
CONTACT: Stephany Galbreaith, Meridian Communications Manager,
Public Invited to Meridian Mindset: A Mental Health Awareness Event
MERIDIAN – In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the City of Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) and Mayor’s Senior Advisory Board (MSAB) are teaming up with Connection is the Cure to host Meridian Mindset—an evening of education, connection, art, and service at Meridian City Hall (33 E. Broadway Ave., Meridian, ID 83642) on Monday, May 23rd. The doors will be open by 5:45 PM and the program begins at 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers of Meridian City Hall with a series of presentations by featured speakers whose work—voluntary or professional—touches on aspects of mental health and suicide prevention. These speakers are:
  1. Shannon Decker (Executive Director & Co-Founder, The Speedy Foundation)
  2. September Frogley (Co-Founder, Connection is the Cure)
  3. Gretchen Gudmundsen (Child Clinical Psychologist, St. Luke's)
  4. Shawna Delaney-Saladino (Anti-Bullying Specialist & Founder, Word Warriors)
  5. Tracy Basterrechea (Chief of Police, City of Meridian)
Following the presentations, attendees are encouraged to visit booths stationed by representatives of various groups and organizations to learn more about community resources available in our area. Afterward, MYAC students will lead a chalk art project with attendees in the Meridian City Hall Plaza—encouraging attendees to cover the concrete with kind, compassionate, and uplifting messages and art.
Attendees may bring basic toiletry items to donate to Connection is the Cure. These items will be packaged and provided to those in the community who are at the highest risk of mental health distress and suicide. A collection booth will be available near the main entrance of Meridian City Hall. The following items are requested:
  • travel-size shampoos
  • travel-size conditioners
  • travel-size toothpaste
  • travel-size deodorants
  • travel-size hand sanitizers
  • wash cloths
  • toothbrushes
  • protein/granola bars
  • adult socks
  • adult underwear
  • small notebooks
  • pens/pencils
This event is free and open to the public. Those who are unable to attend in person may watch the livestream of the presentations beginning at 6:00 PM on Monday, May 23rd by visiting The recording will be available on the City of Meridian YouTube page following the event.
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The City of Meridian is located in the heart of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is one of Idaho's largest and fastest growing communities. 24/7 Wall Street named Meridian the Number One Place to Live in America. America's Promise Alliance/ING recognized the city as one of the nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People. For more information, visit
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