“May is Mental Health Month” and the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) is inviting the community to participate in events throughout the month.
Come down to Arts Alive in Old Town, Eureka on Saturday, May 2 and enjoy the “Reframe Your Brain” art show and reception at Wolf Dawg in the Vance Hotel, 525 Second St.
“Reframe Your Brain” is an annual poster contest to raise awareness of mental wellness, resiliency and recovery.
The art is used throughout the year to promote mental wellness.
“One of the biggest barriers to seeking help and support is the stigma surrounding mental illness,” said DHHS Health Education Specialist Sarah Nelson. “The positive messages embodied by the works produced by community artists help to reduce stigma and get people talking about mental health.”
On Friday, May 8 from noon to 5 p.m., join other community members in making signs to carry during the upcoming Mental Health Walk. Sign making will take place at the Rainbow Room, 720 Wood St., Eureka.
Tuesday, May 19, walk participants will meet at the Hope Center, 2933 H St. in Eureka at noon and walk to the county courthouse. Wear lime green to show your support. Snacks will be provided.
Other events throughout the month will include film screenings, a speakers’ collective and barbecues.
One in every four Americans experiences some form of mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Mental health issues affect people regardless of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, social or economic status, said Asha George, DHHS Mental Health director.
“Events such as ‘May is Mental Health Month’ create public awareness about mental illness which reduces stigma and promotes wellness,” she said. “Good mental health is critical to the well-being of our community.”
For more information and a full calendar of the month’s events, phone 268-DHHS.
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