About This Event

Anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD: Mental health has become a hot topic and one of the critical needs of our culture, especially during the post-COVID era:

  • 31% of U.S. adults experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives
  • 18% of people are currently being treated for depression
  • 30% of teen girls seriously considered suicide in 2021
  • 1 in 5 children have a mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder in a given year

Is this too big of a problem for us to make any difference? How is the church responding to this crisis? How can friends and family come alongside those who are struggling? How should Christians view psychiatry, medication, therapy, and other “secular” forms of mental health care? How can the church become a place where individuals living with mental health challenges feel safe, supported, and a sense of belonging? These are just a few of the questions we’ll address at the upcoming Sioux Empire Mental Health Summit.

Relying on the expertise and experience of a wide range of local professionals in the mental health fields, along with the personal stories of those who have overcome mental health challenges, the theme of our conference is “You’re Never Alone.” The summit will serve as a reminder to all of us that, no matter the circumstances, we don’t fight our battles in isolation. Please join us for a powerful morning of useful information, practical equipping, and hope-filled inspiration. This event will be geared towards an audience age 16+.



Sioux Empire Mental Health Summit
Saturday, March 16, 2024
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Central Church
3102 W Ralph Rogers Rd
Sioux Falls, SD 57108


8:45-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:45 Main Session
10:00-10:30 Breakout Session I
10:45-11:15 Breakout Session II
11:30-12:00 Breakout Session III
12:10-12:30 Closing Session

About Our Speakers

Josette Lindahl, MD, PhD
The Medicine of the Mind

As a board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Lindahl provides treatment for people of all ages with mental illnesses – from mild to severe – including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Through a “straight-forward, no-nonsense” approach, she strives to develop a personal, non-judgmental relationship with each patient.

Carol Whitman, MD
Psychiatric | Adolescent

Jennifer Anderson, CSW-PIP, QMHP
Mental Health Triage: How and Where to Access Care

Jennifer Anderson owns and operates Arise Counseling LLC in Sioux Falls, SD. She also works for the Minnehaha and Lincoln County Board of Mental Illness as a QMHP evaluator. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Dakota in 2012. Jennifer has worked in mental health and health care for the past 18 years, specializing in individual and group therapy, emergency psychiatric care, geriatrics, complex medical needs and substance abuse.

Tony Boer, LCSW-PIP
Moody teenager or is something really wrong? How to tell the difference between

Tony Boer is a therapist, author, and coach. He currently practices therapy at Sioux Empire Christian Counseling to help individuals, couples, and families learn how to deal with life challenges and to help them grow and thrive. Tony also shares insights on social media. His content revolves around the dynamics of relationships and the powerful message that, no matter the circumstances, “You are okay.”

Haley Wiggers, Connection & Young Adult Pastor at Central Church; Certified Spiritual Director
Practicing the Presence: An Invitation to Spiritual Health and Wholeness

Haley has been on staff at Central Church for 4.5 years. She has a Masters of Arts from Western Theological Seminary and a Masters of Divinity from Kairos University. Haley is passionate about discovering how the messy, painful, and unexpected gifts that come with being human connect, relate to, and offer understanding of how God relates to and cares for us. She’s been married to her husband and loving partner Tyson for seven years, and together they have a spunky and kind three-year-old son, Theo.


Tyson Wiggers, CSW, M.Div.
Practicing the Presence: An Invitation to Spiritual Health and Wholeness

Tyson is a counselor at Sioux Empire Christian counseling who works with teens, adults, and couples. His favorite roles in life include being a husband to Haley, one of the wonderful pastors on staff at Central Church, and a father to Theo. In his spare time, Tyson enjoys playing, watching, and discussing any sport, visiting new places, and spontaneously breaking out into song — sometimes to the annoyance of his family.

Pastor Joshua S. Duncan, M.div, LPC-QMHP, LAC
Disconnected & Attached: Understanding How to Reconnect to a Generation

Joshua owns The Becoming Agency, where you can experience counseling, coaching, and consulting services. Joshua is a licensed mental health and addiction counselor and a senior pastor. His life’s mission is to journey with people in unbecoming to become. He works with teens, young adults, and adults, especially those challenged with attachment issues, addiction, relational trauma, anxiety, personality issues, and leaders.