‘Shout Out Loud’ Returns Oct. 1 to Help with Mental Health
Shout Out Loud, a charity event aimed at connecting people with mental health resources, is returning this weekend after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
“It’s a really happy event,” said Laura Dizon, one of the Shout Out Loud founders. “And yes there’s tears and yes there’s talk of suicide, but it’s really about learning prevention and what can you do to help people before they reach a crisis situation.”
Laura Dizon and Dr. Lisa Lovelace are the founders of Shout Out Loud. The event will feature music, comedy and games; but one of the big goals of the event is to connect people to mental health resources and other organizations aimed at bringing people happiness.
Therapists say these resources are needed now more than ever, as they’ve stayed busy year round since the onset of the pandemic.
“We’re hearing that across the board that you can’t tell anymore where the ups and downs are,” said Dr. Lovelace, a psychologist from Maple Grove-based Synergy eTherapy. “It’s just people are feeling deeply and they’re noticing it, and luckily many of them are reaching out for support.”
Shout Out Loud takes place Saturday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the St. Louis Park Rec Center. Admission is free. Many of the proceeds from the event will benefit QUEERSPACE collective and MoveFwd MN.