Projects Promoting Mental Health in Northwest Arkansas
Each year we sponsor a Candlelight Vigil for Mental Health on the first Sunday in October. In 2014 it was held on October 5th. That date is the beginning of Mental Illness Awareness Week, which was established in 1990 to raise public awareness and educate the public about about mental illness.
We light 10 candles representing different types of illnesses and/or circumstances: Living Candle, Veteran Candle, Substance Recovery Candle, Child and Adolescent Candle, Consumer Candle, Family Member Candle, Senior Candle, Advocacy Candle, Memorial Candle and the Candle of Hope.
We subscribed to Grief Digest
magazine for senior centers
in our area.
Book Project: We purchased
and donated 50 copies
of the book Crazy (by Pete Earley)
to local public libraries.
Each year we hold an Awards Banquet
in May. Here, Dr. Eugene Lee,
a forensic psychiatrist, speaks
on a mental health issue in 2013.
The MHA offers Community Awareness Programs. Last year’s programs were “Managing the Risk of Violence,” and “Art, Music, and Nature Therapies.”
We provided lap blankets for patients in area psychiatric hospital beds.
P.O. Box 4714
Email: Jerri Skaggs, president
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