The FuseDSM Monthly Luncheon will typically be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Each month the Chamber invites a dynamic speaker to provide timely information affecting our community, insight on issues concerning the community, or inspirational stories which resonate within the community.
There is networking time prior to the start of the program and lunch being served. This is the monthly event you do not want to miss to maintain those important relationships with your fellow members.
"Changing and Saving Lives in the Workplace & Schools"
In the 2021, Iowa Youth Survey 25% of high school juniors indicated they had seriously contemplated suicide in the previous year. In January, Des Moines Schools lost three students to suicide, the youngest a 5th grader. Farmer suicides have risen 40% and are double of the general population. Mental health has been an issue long before Covid but we have seen it exacerbated with the pandemic. It is a highly stigmatized topic but that doesn't make it go away. Please Pass the Love works with schools, youth, educators, community, parents & caregivers to help educate and empower some critical action steps that can truly change and save lives including embedding authentic wellness and self-care into your system. The first step starts with you.
Dr. Jennifer Ulie-Wells, Executive Director of Please Pass the Love
Dr. Jennifer Ulie-Wells has been in education for over 20 years and founded Please Pass the Love, a nonprofit that transforms school mental health through leadership, social justice, and collective change. She founded the Midwest School Mental Health Conference, an online School Mental Health Academy, and was a founding member of the Iowa School Mental Health Alliance (ISMHA). Please Pass the Love is responsible for serving tens of thousands of educators, youth, families, and community partners through dynamic programming, training and innovative programs to meet comprehensive mental health needs. Her research and interest areas focus on building intersectional school mental systems, juvenile justice, unpacking self-care, family engagement, behavioral health technology, educator emotional intelligence, and school mental health justice. She serves on a variety of national and statewide school mental health related committees, advisory boards, and advocacy groups. She has been awarded national and state awards for her work with school and youth mental health.