Mental Health Month was started in 1949 by Mental Health Connecticut’s national affiliate, Mental Health America, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. This May, MHC is highlighting the journey young adults take toward achieving a healthier self.
A summary of all activities is listed below.
MHC has partnered with Bertucci’s restaurants to host Wellness Wednesday every Wednesday in May! Bertucci’s will donate 15% of all purchases made by patrons who present the Dining for Dollars flier at the time of purchase. This includes all Dine-in, Take-out, and Deliveries made at any CT Bertucci’s, any Wednesday in May.
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Mental Health Awareness Walk & Fair
MHC has teamed up with Rachel Prior, a student at Goodwin College, to present our first ever Mental Health Awareness Walk & Fair on Sunday, May 7th! Rachel and her committee brought together young adults from across the state, along with their families and friends, to take steps together to improve whole health in a variety of fun and creative ways. The morning of activities included tunes by DJ Tony Ramos, a live performance by Sea Tea Improv, readings from MHC’s Write On! program, our therapy dog – Jackie Joy, wellness activities and resources, and much more! For more information visit: http://www.mhconn.org/events/fair/
Sea Tea Improv presented an evening filled with awareness, encouragement, and thoughtful fun through a mix of improv, sketch and standup comedy on May 6. Mental Health Connecticut was highlighted during this event as we celebrated our 109th Anniversary of our Founding! 40% of all proceeds were donated to Mental Health Connecticut.
Write On! Showcase
MHC is presenting four showcases this May featuring artists from the spring 2017 Write On! program (on May 4, 7, 16, & 31) MHC’s Write On! program is a writing workshop that teaches individuals with diagnosed mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders to find their voice and write their truth as mental health advocates. Write On! is made possible thanks to the University of Saint Joseph, Uber, and the generous funding from individual donations provided through The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. For more information about Write On! visit: http://www.mhconn.org/education/write-on/
Personal Expressions of Recovery and Wellness
MHC’s Mending Art program participants from the Independence Center will be exhibiting their art from April 26-May 19 at the Mattatuck Museum, located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT. An opening reception will take place on April 28, 1:30-3:00 p.m., to include light refreshments, live music, and an opportunity to meet the artists!
Join MHC’s Team MAX at Bushnell Park on May 20 as we walk with fellow mental health advocates, spreading awareness about the importance of mental health for all Connecticut residents. Visit https://fundraise.namict.org/events/-/e113826 for more information.