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Equipping and Connecting Christians
within the Public Schools

This event is for educators.

Subject: Mental Health: Supporting Your Students and Yourself

Speakers: Sam Eaton and Misty Zacharias

Certificate will be provided that can be applied towards CEU requirements

When and Where

Saturday, Feb 24 | 9a-12p
Eden Prairie Campus Room 208-210


$10 (includes continental breakfast)


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Speaker Information

Sam Eaton

Sam Eaton is an elementary music teacher, in-progress author, blogger, speaker and founder of Recklessly Alive, a suicide prevention ministry sprinting towards a world with zero deaths by suicide. A suicide survivor himself, Sam is crazy passionate about helping people tell a better story with their lives—one that is fully and recklessly alive. Sam speaks regularly at schools, churches, retreats, and conferences throughout the U.S. He currently resides in Minneapolis, MN where he enjoys long runs, all things music, and spoiling his niece and nephew. To follow his adventures, visit

Sam will share:

  • His story of battling depression and suicidal thoughts over the past fifteen years
  • Symptoms and warning signs as well as current statistics on depression and suicide
  • Classroom accommodations for students with depression and what it feels like to be depressed in class
  • Ways we can all support those among us fighting to see their worth, value, and importance to the world

Misty Zacharias

Misty Zacharias, LMFT, MDiv, is a Christian Psychotherapist currently practicing in Faribault, MN. She has been working in the mental health field the past 12 years, and is now in her 8th year of private practice. Growing up in a home impacted by mental illness, Misty personally struggled with anxiety, depression and obsessive- compulsive disorder throughout her childhood and adolescence. It wasn’t until she came to know the Lord at age 23, that God began to heal her and equip her to help others heal. Misty currently resides in Owatonna with her husband, John and two children.

Misty will use her experiences and expertise to:

  • Educate participates on clinical depression and how symptoms can often look different in children and adults
  • Address the reasons behind the dramatic increase in depression and suicide among our youth today
  • Equip educators to help build a sense of significance and purpose into the lives of their students