More than 550 people from the Bay Area braved a cold and foggy morning on Friday, May 10 to partake in the second annual Walk/Move for Health at Lake Merritt. The event, which aims to bring widespread awareness to the link between mental and physical health and encourage community support for healthy living, was held as part of Mental Health Awareness Month.
For the past nine months, U.S. veterans, war refugees, and PEERS staff members have put in a lot of sweat and heart into the new Peace and Wellness Garden. On Saturday, April 27, PEERS and the community blessed the garden while honoring friendship during the Day of Unity celebration. The day was filled with drumming, dancing, song, and uplifting stories of mental health recovery.
“The purpose of the garden is to recognize that people heal from trauma by sharing their stories,” said PEERS Social Inclusion Program Manager Sharon Keuhn.
We end our series on the 2nd Annual WRAP Around the World with a look at WRAP’s future in Ghana. WRAP stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan. There are 22 million people in the African country. But mental health services are dire. Only 3 psychiatric hospitals and roughly 12-14 therapists are available to those in need. Inhumane treatment of people with mental illness continues to be a serious issue.
In her continuing coverage of the WRAP Around the World Conference, host Jenee Darden takes a look at mental health and sex. Two topics that may seem unrelated, but actually coincide with each other. After all, the brain is the biggest and most powerful sex organ. Audrey Garfield is a WRAP facilitator in Vermont and President of the Copeland Center Board. The Copeland Center is the lead organization for WRAP trainings and programs.
Can’t seem to throw things away? Are you or someone you know living in an extremely cluttered environment? People who love WRAP, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, say you can use it for anything to better your life. That includes hoarding or severe collecting.
In the next installment of our series about WRAP and the 2nd Annual WRAP Around the World Conference, we discuss severe cluttering, collecting and hoarding.
As part of its expanding effort to promote personal empowerment among consumers, PEERS has launched the monthly Empowerment through the Arts Series. The series, which is part of the Social Inclusion Campaign, features an array of performing and visual arts activities designed to foster communication and self-expression and end internalized stigma.
I have been following PEERS for quite sometime. I have watched on the sidelines as PEERS has grown and set the stage for peers to get empowered and shine in their lives. I have as well wished that we had something like that in my Tennessee hometown, which we do not in my opinion.
More than 450 people across the globe gathered to exchange views on WRAP and meet leaders in the mental health field at the WRAP Around the World Conference in Oakland from January 27-29. Held over the course of three days, the conference featured more than 70 workshops and keynote addresses by industry leaders on what the future of the mental health field holds and how WRAP will fit into the new health care paradigm.