Discussion Over Dinner

Mental Health Podcast

On Mental Health America’s Annual State of Mental Health in America report, Indiana is fifth to last in the country in the overall ranking. This metric includes access to mental health care providers, the prevalence of mental health in children and adults, and many other indicators of health in America.

With the help of the July panel, we talked about understanding mental health and those who have been diagnosed, the prevalence of mental health in LaPorte County, and how to be a good neighbor and friend to those struggling with mental and emotional stress.

The dinner was delicious. 
The discussion was sublime. 
We hope you enjoy the second installment of Discussion Over Dinner moderated by Nate Loucks


The Menu:

Stuffed Manicotti Shells (with meat or vegetable sauce), Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread and Lemon Ginger Cheesecake Berry Parfait



Robin Miller: Licensed Therapist

Robin Miller is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Field Education Director at Purdue University Northwest in the Social Work Program. She teaches classes in Social Work Practice, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Child Welfare, and Death, Dying, and Bereavement. Robin received her BSW from Anderson University and her MSW from Loyola University of Chicago. The State of Indiana credentials Robin as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She also holds a national credential, the ACSW (Accreditation of Clinical Social Workers). Robin received a post-graduate scholarship through the National Health Service Corps where she worked in rural Nebraska in an outpatient mental health clinic just outside the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Robin has worked in the area of mental health, providing counseling, supervision, consultation, and education since 1995. In addition to teaching, Robin also works part-time in private practice in La Porte.


Shannon Hannon: Bowen Center

Shannon Hannon is a longtime resident of La Porte and currently serves as the Vice President of Medical Services at the Bowen Center, one of Indiana’s largest community mental health centers. She started her career in mental health working for Madison Center and Hospital for five years before moving into the traditional healthcare setting, where she spent nine years working at La Porte Hospital focusing on business development and physician practice management. Shannon holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is actively involved in the local community and currently holds the position of Vice President of the La Porte Community School Board of Trustees. She has been recognized as one of Michiana’s Top Forty Under 40 and received the Robert J. Hiler, Jr. Award from Leadership La Porte County. Shannon is an avid runner and lives in La Porte with her husband, Adam and two daughters, Layna and Maya.


Ty Miller: Mental Health Advocate

Ty Miller has spent his entire life as an advocate for those with mental illnesses. He is the only son of a single mother who has been diagnosed with multiple mental illnesses. Ty has testified before an Indiana state house panel on psychological illness resource allocation as well as in court to get the medical care required for his immediate family.

Mr. Miller has many years of experience meeting with mental health professionals from multiple institutes and specialties. He has seen the inside of many state mental hospitals, geriatric psychiatry healthcare centers, as well as the Mayo Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology as a patient advocate. Ty has helped many friends, family, and acquaintances find appropriate mental health care and treatment for people in their lives that are dealing with mental health crises.