Lyndsey Fennelly shares personal mental health story at Ames expo


Lyndsey Fennelly seems to have it all.

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

Yet Lyndsey Fennelly will talk about another subject Tuesday as the keynote speaker for the Story County Mental Health Expo. The free event will be held from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at the Memorial Union at Iowa State.

Fennelly will speak about her mental health journey at 7:30 pm, followed by a question-and-answer session.

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

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

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

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

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