Mental Health: Strategies for the Workplace

(This presentation has been changed to a virtual event.)



When: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST) 

Presenter: Denise Beenk, COO at Vera French


Cost: $5 for GRHRA Members | $10 for Guests | Free for Students



Recertification Credits:

***This program has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit through SHRM***




Join GRHRA for the first event of 2022!

How is your mental health these days? How is the mental health of your employees? Work and life is hard enough but then throw in a's been rough, tiring, stressful, frustrating, etc.

In this event, Denise Beenk, COO of Vera French, will speak with us regarding how mental issues affect employees and their work, especially due to shifting priorities in the last 18+ months.

During our time together, we will...

  • Identify what mental health is and what mental illness is
  • Become knowledgeable about common mental illnesses in America:​​​​​​
    • What are they and how prevalent are they
    • Learn signs, symptoms, general characteristics and factors affecting onset
    • Learn how mental illness impacts the workplace
    • Understand the impact of the pandemic on mental health
  • Learn strategies to use with individuals and groups in the workplace to provide a health workplace that prevents and/or reduces mental health issues
  • Identify strategies to support the employee and protect the employer when mental health issues are suspected


About the Presenter:

Ms. Beenk received her Master in Business Administration from Upper Iowa University in 2017 and her Master of Social Work from the University of Iowa in 2010. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Vera French, a role she has served in since 2017, although her career at Vera French began in 2011.  Prior to that, Denise was the Director of Residential and Outreach Services and Pine Knoll Administrator. Denise draws from her extensive social work experience and residential care of chronically mental ill persons. With almost three decades in the social work field, Denise brings a comprehensive approach to mental health. Denise became SHRM-CP certified in 2020.



A BIG thank you to our s p onsor f or thi s event,







12:00PM - 1:00PM Tue 18 Jan 2022, Central timezone

Virtual Event Instructions:

Look Who's Coming:

Leonna Ellis
Janice Dolan
Mary Jones
  Management Resource Group, Ltd.
Kelly Carnes
  RIA Federal Credit United
Laura Flanagan
  Management Resource Group, Ltd.
Elizabeth McCredden
Lena Holland
Lea Ann Dies
  McCarthy-Bush Corporation
Mary O'Toole
  McCarthy-Bush Corporation
Donna Said
  McCarthy-Bush Corporation
Shelly Chapman
  Vera French CMHC
Rachel Gustafson
  R.I.A. Federal Credit Union
Kayla Wendt
Cheryl Riley-Hayles
  Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
Phillip Schueller
Guest of Phillip Schueller
Stacey Cary
Michelle Harrell
Rachel Ricketts
Brandon Maeglin
Margaret Davis
Ann Jackson
Tiffany Paarmann
  Holmes Murphy & Associates
Drue Curry
Miranda Marshall
  QCR Holdings, Inc
Tally Neofotist
Rhonda Harksen
Patti Kenyon
Hilary Spengler
Misty Fues
  River Cities Engineering, Inc
Jennifer Palar
Brooke Sweeney-Adrian
  City of Bettendorf
Kathleen Richlen
  City of Bettendorf
Tracy Schwind
... a total of 36 guests.
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