Story County Community Mental Health Expo An Evening of Hope & Healing


September 16, 2019

Resource Fair 6-7 p.m.

Jake Sullivan 7 p.m.

ISU Memorial Union

Free event, fee parking, prizes & complimentary snacks

An Evening of Hope and Healing is a community event providing information, community resources, and practical, everyday tools to better understand and manage mental health issues including trauma, stress and substance abuse. This event includes exhibits and the opportunity for discussion with numerous mental health providers in Story County. In addition, former Iowa State Cyclone Basketball player, Jake Sullivan will be our keynote speaker and share his personal experience with depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Jake Sullivan was a Top 100 Basketball recruit out of Tartan High School in Oakdale, Minnesota.  He went on to play college basketball at Iowa State University from 2000-2004.  While at Iowa State Jake Sullivan won Big 12 Freshman of the year honors, was a 3-time All-Big 12 selection, 3-time Academic All-American, and was voted to the All-Century Team at Iowa State; recognizing the top 10 players in the 100-year history of Iowa State basketball.  Following his basketball career at Iowa State Jake Sullivan went on to start two non-profit organizations, which intertwine two of his passions: basketball and his faith.  The first, founded in 2009, is one of the largest and most diverse youth organization, in Iowa with over 500 athletes on nearly 50 youth basketball teams.  In 2015, Jake founded his second non-profit which serves in four African countries; the organization cares for over 150 orphans, serves nearly 1,200 kids in its various schools, operates three mission campuses, and has a growing sports ministry.  In January of 2018, Jake Sullivan returned home, to Minnesota, and works as a student and young adult pastor.  In the midst of various accomplishments on and off the basketball court Jake has found victory in his battle with his mental health.  This journey has been a foundational experience that has driven Jake to provide hope to those in the midst of deep pain and suffering.  Personally, Jake is married to his wife, of 15 years, Janel and they have six children: Justice (16), JJ (12), Jennifer (12), Jayla (11), Jasara (8), and Jacoby (5), and they are in the final stages of adopting Julius (11) from Ghana, Africa.  

This is a call to EVERYONE in Story County.

Join us at An Evening of Hope and Healing to learn about and support mental health healing for yourself, your family, and your community!

To learn more about this inspirational event visit or call Geri Derner at 515-233-2250 or Julie Saxton at 515-239-5463