Lyndsey Fennelly will be the keynote speaker at the Story County Mental Health Expo, a free event being held Tuesday at Memorial Union in Ames.

Lyndsey Fennelly shares her personal mental health story at the Ames exhibit

Lyndsey Fennelly seems to have it all.

She is beloved as a former standout basketball player at Iowa State University. She is a successful businesswoman. She is the mother of two adorable children. And she’s married to Iowa State assistant basketball coach Billy Fennelly, who she’s been with since 2003, when she was a freshman “quietly dating the coach’s son. “.

Still, Lyndsey Fennelly will speak on a different topic Tuesday as the keynote speaker at the Story County Mental Health Expo. The free event will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Memorial Union at Iowa State.

Fennelly will talk about her mental health journey at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A.

“I was first diagnosed with a mental illness in 2013,” she told the Ames Tribune.

When she was diagnosed, she had thousands of LinkedIn contacts, Twitter followers and Facebook friends. “The last thing I was going to consider was telling anyone that I just had a 15-day behavioral stay at Mary Greeley,” Fennelly said.

She threw it under the rug, she said, and just planned to sleep better. She didn’t want to take medicine. She didn’t think she needed treatment.

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