GEEK OUT 2024! Presented by UCS Healthcare


Sat Mar 16 2024 at 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm


Franklin Avenue Library - 5000 Franklin Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310 50310 | Des Moines, IA

Do you know cosplay can boost your mental health?
At GEEK OUT 2024! an event hosted by UCS Healthcare mental health providers, you will learn: How to engage your inner HERO. How FANDOM helps mental health through connection. How cosplay benefits mental health.
Join this family-friendly event where COSPLAY IS ENCOURAGED. Come and GEEK OUT! with us in this first-of-its-kind event!
Thank you for being so interested in Geek Out 2024!
UCS Healthcare is presenting three fifty-minute-long panel presentations that one would see at Comicons.
These panels combine topics of the Hero's Journey, Fandom, and Cosplay with elements of mental health.
Mental health care professionals will present the panels. This is a free, family-friendly event. No cost.
Cosplay is ENCOURAGED! No booths or items are for sale, as seen at Comicons. The event takes place in the library meeting room.
March 16, 2024. 1- 4 p.m.
Franklin Library
5000 Franklin Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
1-2 p.m. "Engage Your Inner Hero" is an interactive panel led by a licensed mental health counselor that explores how Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey reflects our own mental health journeys. In this lively discussion, participants share insights into their favorite films and heroes while mapping their struggles and triumphs onto the narrative arc of the Hero's Journey.
2-3 p.m. Mental Health and Fandom: Join us to Explore the sense of belonging, creativity, and resilience fandoms offer. From self-expression to altruism, learn how diverse communities create a fun, supportive space for all. Attendees will gain insights into the mental health benefits of fandoms, from fostering self-discovery to promoting empathy and strength. Get ready to embrace the power of community for a healthier you!
3-4 p.m. "Cosplay is Good Mental Health" Cosplay Can Promote Mental Wellness (But Beware the Dark Side)! This interactive panel explores the mental health benefits of cosplay, a creative hobby where people design and wear costumes of fictional characters. Led by a licensed therapist, the discussion will cover how cosplay can foster connection, boost confidence, and inspire creativity in a fun, social way. However, the panel will also address potential downsides like social anxiety and obsessive perfectionism that cosplayers should watch out for.

Where is it happening?

Franklin Avenue Library - 5000 Franklin Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310 50310, United States

Event Location & Nearby Stays:

UCS Healthcare

Host or Publisher UCS Healthcare

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