This May marks the 60th annual Mental Health Awareness Month. To celebrate we are hosting the first annual Community Mental Wellness Day encouraging individuals to nurture their mental health and wellness. Did you know Centre County adult residents on average report four poor mental health days a month?
Taking care of your mental health may mean seeking professional support and treatment, but it also means taking steps to improve your emotional health. Making proactive choices to nurture your well being can boost your mood, and build resilience. Join us on May 31st to participate in the events being hosted by our partners to promote your Mental wellness.
Who's Nesting at Millbrook Marsh Host: Centre Region Parks and Recreation Location: Millbrook Marsh 548 Puddintown Rd. State College, PA 16801 Details:9:00 am This is a wonderful morning walk to identify birds nesting at the center and is hosted by a bird watcher to help folk identify birds, and it’s FREE!
Crocheting and Knitting Host: Strawberry Fields Location: Good Day Cafe Patio 286 W. Hamilton Ave State College, PA 16801 Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am Details:Knitting and crocheting won’t just result in a new sweater - research has found the hobby can also reduce depression and anxiety, slow the onset of dementia, and distract from chronic pain. Bring you own supplies if you have them. However, Strawberry Fields will have limited supplies for individuals to try crocheting/knitting while on site along with volunteers with experience to assist.
Hike Mt. Nittany Host: Centre County MH/ID Office Location: Mt. Nittany Lemont, PA / State College, PA Time: 10:00 am Details:Meet staff of the Centre County MH/ID Office at the trail head of Mt. Nittany (Just a few 100 feet from parking) to hike Mt. Nittany. Please note the trails are rocky, steep and challenging.
Make a Bracelet Host: Jana Marie Foundation Location: Jana Marie Foundation 1372 South Atherton St. State College, PA 16803 Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Details: Join Jana Marie Foundation for bracelet making called,"Take What You Need." Five different colors of beads each represent a different type of healing, Strength, Hope, Recovery, Peace, and Voice.
We hope that these bracelets will give people the courage they need when they look down at their wrist to get them through tough moments.
Bird Feeder Craft Host: Strawberry Fields Location: Good Day Cafe Patio 286 W. Hamilton Ave State College, PA 16801 Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Details:Watch birds - any kind - from a window, in a garden or around your neighborhood. Doing so is associated with lower levels of depression, anxiety & stress, according to a study from the University of Exeter in England. Join volunteers to craft your a bird feeder so you too can experience the joy of bird watching. All Supplies will be provided along with volunteers who will guide the craft.
Plant a succulent! Host: Mount Nittany Health Location: Bellefonte YMCA 125 W. High Street Bellefonte, PA 16827 Time: 4:30 pm Details: Join Jeannine Lozier, Community Health and Outreach Coordinator to plant a succulent. Studies have proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15 percent!), reduce stress levels and boost your mood — making them perfect for not just your home but your work space, too. You must be registered to attend as limited space is available.
Forest Bathing Host: Clearwater Conservany Location: Alan Seeger Natural Area Huntingdon, PA 16652, USA Please RSVPhere. Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Details: Join us as we appreciate the nuances of our natural environment, such as the smaller sounds in a forest we notice when we're still and quiet, a distant bird calling, or the small trickle of a spring or creek. Surrounding ourselves with trees has its own inherent benefits. Forest bathing can help us calm and center ourselves and feel a greater sense of inner peace. During this outdoor writing opportunity we'll make a sound map, write a small poem or two, and enjoy the health benefits of being in the midst of one of the few remaining old-growth forests in Pennsylvania, Alan Seeger Natural Area. The area is named after the World War I veteran and poet, so it is fitting that we find ourselves continuing his work in the area named for him.