Eureka College Arts and Lecture Series to Host Presentation on Mental Health Feb. 20

Feb 11 2019

EUREKA — For its next event of spring 2019, the Eureka College Arts and Lecture Board will host a presentation on learning to live mentally well in college by Broadway actor Josh Rivedal.

The presentation, which is titled “The i’Mpossible Project: Kicking My Blue Genes in the Butt,” will take place 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Becker Auditorium. It will consist of a three-part program featuring a one-man Broadway-style play, an education session and a discussion on suicide, mental health and diversity.

Admission is free, the event is open to the public and a reception will be held in Moser Lobby following the presentation.

Rivedal launched his one-man suicide prevention show at Baruch College in May 2011. Just five months earlier, he was on the brink of jumping off the ledge of a fourth story after a series of life tragedies, hardships and disappointments. But after getting help, he decided to dedicate his life to bring awareness to mental health issues, suicide prevention, diversity and social change.

He published a memoir, The Gospel According to Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah in 2013, and in 2014, he encouraged others to tell stories by launching The i’Mpossible Project.

After two years of testing at schools and collaborating with clinical mental health scientists and profession, Rivedal’s mental curriculum, Changing Minds, was officially released to the public in 2017.

Changing Minds combines lecture, storytelling, group discussion and improv theater to enhance students’ emotional development. It has been adopted as coursework at a variety for a variety of colleges, high schools and middle schools.

If you have any questions about the event or would like to request accommodations, contact Maggie Dietz at

The Arts and Lectures Board at Eureka College is a student-driven committee that works to bring nationally known educational and cultural events to campus through diverse programming that strives to further support the mission of Eureka College in the areas of learning, service, and leadership. The Board is comprised of students and is advised by a faculty member and staff member from the Office of Student Life.

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