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Published on September 17, 2014

What is Happiness?

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in society. It is also one of the most treatable of the mental illnesses. Left untreated depression can lead to serious problems. Persistent sadness or feeling “empty” is one of the symptoms of depression. If you have had persistent feelings of sadness and are wondering if your sadness is a symptom of a more serious condition called depression take a free, confidential online screening. The good news is that depression can be overcome. You can have feelings of happiness once again.

The opposite feeling, Happiness, is something people strive to find in their daily lives. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines happiness as a state of well-being and contentment and a pleasurable or satisfying experience. What exactly is happiness for you and how do you find it? The Mental Illness Awareness Week Committee has invited Dr. Shawn Shea, M.D., author of Happiness Is, to speak at a free event to help explore what happiness is and how we go about finding it. This will be the feature program for Lincoln’s Mental Illness Awareness Week.

The free presentation titled The Mysteries of the Human Matrix: Finding a “Tough Happiness” in Difficult Times on Wednesday, October 8th is scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Bryan East Plaza Conference Center at 1500 South 48th street. Dr. Shea is an acclaimed speaker in the fields of suicide prevention and creating resiliency. Come and join Dr. Shea on an intriguing journey into the heart of three questions: What is the nature of happiness? How do we make it last? And what is the nature of human nature that allows us to find it in the first place? He deftly, and with a wicked sense of humor, provides a dynamic map for self-exploration and problem-solving, and shows you how to use it to transform difficult times.

There will be a free mental health fair at 6pm and following Dr. Shea’s presentation. To register for this free event please call 402-481-8886 or online at

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About Dr. Dave Miers

Dave Miers, PhD, is director of behavioral health services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

He helped establish the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition in 1999 and chaired/co-chaired this Coalition until 2017. He currently serves on the Board of Directors. Dr. Miers is a member of the leadership group for the Lincoln/Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Dr. Miers has published research and co-authored a chapter in the Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research focusing on family survivors of a child suicide. Dr. Miers helped develop the Lincoln Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) team in Lincoln, Neb. He also helped develop other LOSS teams in Nebraska and is active with LOSS team development on a national level.


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