MHM-2017-webgraphicMay marks the annual observance of Mental Health Month across the country. Locally, there are a number of events planned to help educate the public about mental health issues, along with opportunities for citizens to participate in activities that can enhance their own well-being.

Tuesday, May 16
Wear Green for Mental Health
Help NRVCS raise awareness of mental health issues by wearing green. Be sure to post your photos on social media using the hashtags #Green4MentalHealth #TeamNRVCS and #mhm2017

Wednesday, May 17
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Radford Public Library – mindful coloring activity for adults

Wednesday, May 17
3 – 4 p.m. Radford Public Library – mindful coloring for teens

Thursday, May 25
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Christiansburg Public Library – mindfulness exercises with Alan Forrest and Angela Cardenas

Thursday, May 25
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Giles County Senior Center – mental health wellness education and exercises

Every Thursday
“Floyd Moves!” – Jessie Peterman Library – Floyd Moves! consists of different physical activities each week (these might include yoga, tai chi, Zumba and more)

In addition, the Mental Health Justice Ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation (UUC) of the New River Valley will be hosting the following activities in support of mental health awareness:

Support Groups
Monday, May 15 – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at UUC
UUC currently offers two ongoing groups – one for individuals living with mental illness, and one for family members and/or friends of persons with mental illness. Groups are free and open to interested members of the community. For more information, please contact Margo Walter (margoleewalter@gmail.com).

Mental Health First Aid workshop
Saturday, May 20 at UUC
This free workshop teaches participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. It introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns. For more information, please contact Margo Walter (margoleewalter@gmail.com).

touched-with-fire-poster-web“Touched With Fire” screening at The Lyric
Saturday, May 27 at The Lyric (downtown Blacksburg)
2:00 – 5:30 p.m.
The film, “Touched by Fire,” (starring Katie Holmes) takes the audience on an authentic journey through the highs and lows of bipolar disorder and how it affects not only individuals, but also friends, families and work life. It is an outstanding film that offers a holistic portrayal of mental health and provides audiences with an inside look into one of the nation’s most talked about but least understood mental health conditions.

A discussion will follow the movie. Admission is free.

For more information, please contact Margo Walter (margoleewalter@gmail.com).