Rex & Con’s Delightful Summary of 2018 Forum for Healthy Minds

We are almost speechless, but who can stay silent about the October 13 event? Not the Kennemer’s.


The collective vote is in: The 12th was the best yet! The day started seamlessly. The signage was accurate and every sign had a team of volunteers directing traffic and answering questions.


Dr. Nick Yphantides, Chief Medical Officer for the County, gave the opening address. Dr. Nick was one of our first responders following Todd’s death. He was a spiritual support from the start. The Yphantide’s and the Kennemer’s first connected through George, Nick’s father. George tuned our piano and sold used pianos to my students.


Joyce Bruggeman was the forum’s emcee for the 12th. Joyce is on CAHM’s board, the inspiration for the Legacy video we made, an author, the executive director for SOSL. She didn’t miss a beat all day!


Dr. Mark Komrad joined the cahmrades from Baltimore, MD. He was on the panel following the film screening and led “Ask The Doctor” breakout after lunch. He has been at 5 Forums, either keynoting or leading breakouts. And we get to host him at the Kennemer Ranch!

Susan Writer, affectionately known as “Dr. Sus”, was stunning on the panel and in her breakout. She speaks with so much expertise and compassion, a living example of a generous soul. Susan wrenched her knee and came to the stage supported by a crutch. Even with multiple health challenges, Susan is the picture of resilience.


There were 40 exhibitors in the room with resources overflowing. I (Con) was a little absent from the lunch table because I traveled around the room thanking the exhibitors for being so generous with their resources. I ate cookies; does that count?


Nadine was her usual charming and oh-so-hungry self. Several of her fan club were there. They took turns serving the Queen and giving Mom & Dad space. We should be so popular!

“Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope” was extraordinary. The panel followed—Dr Komrad, Dr. Writer & Dr. Sharon Hamill. They were electric, sparking off of each other, brilliantly facilitated by Dr. Nick.


Rex and I spoke with a young woman attending CSUSM from a country in South America. Maria lost her brother to suicide the week before the forum. We gave her our contact info and I am waiting to hear from her. If you are a praying person, would you pray for Maria?

The Raffle, the gift from AM Strategies (Sandy & Peter Mossy’s marketing firm) was abundant. Matt & Anna were the Raffle King & Queen and they outdid themselves as Sonny & Cher. Record sales! Attendees only wanted to buy tickets from Sonny & Cher. Wait until you see them next year as Elvis Presley & Marilyn Monroe!


Andrew Norelli closed the day with the most amazing comedy routine about his own mental health challenges. The crowd loved him and gave him a standing ovation. Humor really is the best medicine.


A hallmark day. Thank you for your support. You made a difference; You showed up!


-Connie & Rex Kennemer




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