Mental health consultant returns for lecture at Fulton State Hospital

A man Fulton State Hospital officials credit with helping shape the institution into the mental health facility it is today will soon return and greet the public.

Joel Slack — a mental health speaker, consultant and trainer — will be giving a free public presentation 1-3 p.m. May 23 at the Missouri School for the Deaf’s Ingle Auditorium on how to be responsive, sensitive and caring to those with mental illness.

The presentation is sponsored by the Fulton State Hospital Foundation. Slack will also be at Fulton State Hospital May 22 and 23 sharing his seminar, “RESPECT,” with the hospital’s staff and clients.

Fulton State Hospital Foundation Board President Tom Harris said his organization was excited to help return Slack and his message to Fulton. He noted that part of Slack’s presentation will detail his own struggles and progress with mental illness.

“It’s such a powerful thing for him to stand up and tell that story, so this is good because I think Mr. Slack will give the community the opportunity to know and try to understand what this is about,” Harris said.

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