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‘Get Connected’ Mental Health Month theme

Date Posted: 2008-05-09

The U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa is pulling out the stops to make everyone on the island aware of May being Mental Health Month, offering s series of events and workshops.

Mental Health America and its 320 affiliates across the United States are promoting the observance, now more than 50 years old, to promote awareness of the importance of mental wellness for everyone. This year’s theme, ‘Get Connected’, puts focus on ways of creating connections that support mental health.

“When we have good mental health,” says Lieutenant Sophia Lawrence, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at the Naval Hospital Okinawa, “we more effectively cope with daily life and its challenges. She and the hospital staff has developed a series of health promotional activities to increase mental health awareness.

An interactive workshop for elementary students will take place Saturday at the Schilling Center on Kadena Air Base. The workshop will focus on expressing feelings through drawings. An interactive workshop for middle and high school students will be held at the Schilling Center on May 20th. It will focus on developing skills to cope with emotions and reduce stress.

The hospital will host an mental health booth at the Risner Gym on Kadena during the Annual Fitness 5K Run on May 17th. A similar mental health booth will be set up at Foster Field House May 31st during the MCCS Fit Family Fun Day. A “Body & Mind Connection” 5K Run and Walk-a-thon will also take place May 31st, with details to be announced later.

Further information about Mental Health Awareness events is available from Lieutenant Lawrence, DSN 643-7590, or Andrea Deen, DSN 643-7906.

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