West Virginia University at Parkersburg to host author and mental health advocate David Finnegan-Hosey on April 3

West Virginia University at Parkersburg will host author and mental health advocate David Finnegan-Hosey on Wednesday, April 3 at 12:15 p.m. in the college theater (room 1305). His presentation, “Viewing Mental Health and Spirituality,” is free and open to the public.

During “Viewing Mental Health and Spirituality,” Finnegan-Hosey will discuss the stigma surrounding mental illness as well as reflect on Christian ministries within the mental health field. He will also share his story of being diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a series of psychiatric hospitalizations.

“We are very pleased to have David Finnegan-Hosey on campus to share insight on the matters of mental health and spirituality as well as his struggle to overcome a diagnosis with bipolar disorder,” said WVU Parkersburg Wellness Coordinator Pamela Santer. “By helping breakdown the myths and stereotypes surrounding mental illness, we as a society are better able to assist individuals in getting the help they need.” ­

Finnegan-Hosey currently serves as the college chaplain and director of campus ministries at Barton College in Wilson, NC. He holds a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary and a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. In addition, Finnegan-Hosey is certified by Mental Health First Aid USA to provide initial help to people experiencing anxiety, depression, psychosis and substance use disorders.

In 2018, Finnegan-Hosey released his book, “Christ on the Psych Ward,” which contains­­­­­­ personal reflections on the intertwining of mental health, faith and ministry.

For more information, contact Pamela Santer at Pam.Santer@wvup.edu or (304) 424-8205.

About WVU Parkersburg

Established in 1961, West Virginia University at Parkersburg is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Academic credits earned at WVU Parkersburg are transferable to any institution in the West Virginia higher education state system as well as other accredited institutions throughout the country. WVU Parkersburg is the only public community college in West Virginia accredited to offer baccalaureate degrees.