Penn State Shenango to Host Stamp Out Stigma Event

SHARON, Pa. – For its 10th annual Stamp Out Stigma mental health awareness event, Penn State Shenango is focusing on trauma, emotional woundedness and restorative therapies.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the campus’ Great Hall at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 11. Registration is not required. 

This year’s Stamp Out Stigma keynote speaker is clinical trauma specialist and TEDx speaker Jamie Marich, who will present “Healing the Wounds that Make Us Human.” 

Marich describes herself as a facilitator of transformative mental health experiences and uses various elements such as art, writing, yoga and mindfulness to inspire healing in those who suffer from the effects of emotional trauma. 

Marich is the founder of The Institute for Creative Mindfulness and is also the author of books such as “Trauma Made Simple,” “Trauma and the 12 Steps,” “Process Not Perfection” and, most recently, “Dissociation Made Simple.” 

Rounding out the panel of speakers is Jack Luchette, founder and co-coordinator of Stamp Out Stigma, and Tony Paglia, Shenango’s campus counselor. 

“The word ‘trauma’ simply means ‘wound,’ and as human beings we all experience wounds, particularly emotional ones,” Paglia said. “The impact of walking wounded can lead to maladaptive behaviors and beliefs about ourselves that impact our lives over and over again. The good news is that effective trauma treatment is available, and recovery is possible. When we have conversations about mental health that acknowledge woundedness as something that is common, we can empower ourselves and others to think of mental health as an important facet of our overall health care.” 

For more information, contact Tony Paglia at [email protected] or 724 983 2841. 

To learn more about Marich, visit

CREDIT: Penn State Shenango.

Pictured at top: Clinical trauma specialist and author Jamie Marich. (Penn State | Creative Commons)

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.