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Pablo Compos to present at Bemidji State's Mental Health Speaker event Feb. 28

Bemidji Pioneer - 2/21/2024

Feb. 21—BEMIDJI — Active Minds Speaker Pablo Compos will present on mental health stigma at

Bemidji State University's

Mental Health Speaker event at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in BSU's Beaux Arts Ballroom.

Compos will discuss how stigma, cultural norms and a lack of education affected him and how through help-seeking, education and a strong support network he has grown from being his own worst enemy to a powerful participant in his recovery, a release said.

Compos is a social worker, father, husband, mental health advocate and suicide-attempt survivor. He is a founding member and president of the Pensacola State College Active Minds chapter and worked at the Crisis Action Referral Effort for Students at Pensacola State.

After receiving his associate's degree in social work from Pensacola State, he moved to Raleigh, N.C., where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from North Carolina State University, with a goal of becoming a licensed clinical social worker.

Active Minds is a nationwide nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for young adults. Since 2009, Active Minds speakers have been providing engaging, encouraging and safe mental health education tailored for students, young adults, educators, professional groups and other audiences.

Active Minds is opening up the conversation about mental health and creating lasting change in the way mental health is talked about, cared for and valued in the United States, the release said.

To learn more, visit

calendar.bemidjistate.edu/health-counseling/event/149273-flying-under-the-radar-with-pablo-compos.

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