McPherson County K-State Research and Extension office will be sponsoring “The Silent Epidemic: A Real Story of Victory Over Severe Depression” program at 7 p.m., Nov. 11 at
the McPherson High School Theater, 801 E. First St. The program is free and open to the public.
The featured speaker will be Coach Mark Potter and his wife Nanette. Mark Potter grew up in Sedan, Kansas. A self-proclaimed basketball and baseball fanatic he was recruited to play at the collegiate level. He attended Cowley County Community College and Kansas Newman College where he played sports and earned his degree in secondary education.
He coached high school sports for 11 years at such schools like Cheney High School, Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School and South High School. He went on to coach basketball at Newman for 19 years. He was named coach of the year five times and has been named top 15 most influential people in the Wichita sports world. He was recently inducted into the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame.
He has since left coaching to become a keynote speaker in his own company of D2UP. In his programs he discusses mental strength, motivation and mental illness. These are topics of which Mark Potter has experience. It was 13 years ago that he found himself struggling with severe depression that crippled many facets of his life. His passion is to share his story in hopes that people will pursue treatment and find a way to live productively with mental illness.
His wife travels with him and shares her side of their adventure together.