Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, the Community Health Council along with the County of Lebanon, WellSpan Health and Better Together, joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
In his keynote, Mike Ritter, Deputy Director of Domestic Violence Intervention, will explore “thriving” through a unique demonstration on resilience and a discussion of the yogic practice of tapas, meaning discipline, austerity, or burning enthusiasm.
Intro to Meditation
In this workshop you will receive a brief overview of meditation and the different types of practices. Kim Crider, WellSpan Health, will lead you through a guided meditation that includes focus on breath, mindfulness, and a body scan. No equipment or experience is necessary, just an open mind and time to relax and breathe.
Wildflower Wellness Walk
Walk with our naturalist as part of our event series for Mental Health Awareness Month (May). Learn how to identify flowers along with some fun facts about the flowers found in our forest. Most importantly we will spend time simply appreciating their beauty.
REGISTER: Call or email the park to register for this event: 717-964-3808, email@example.com $5 member/$10 nonmember
Mindfulness and Nature
Join Dr. Zendarski, WellSpan Family Practice, in an open discussion about coping through life’s ups and downs, especially during the past year and learn the benefits of nature & exercise and spirituality & relationships on stress.
Intro to Qigong
Qigong is a method of Traditional Chinese Medicine that coordinates the body, mind and breath. Qigong uses slow gentle movements to warm tendons, ligaments and muscles; invigorating vital organs and connective tissue. Vandon Tricamo of Moon Dragon Fitness will guide you through a short practice where you can experience the first hand benefits of Qigong on mental well-being.
Exercise for Endorphins
Exercise to be mentally fit. Regular exercise increases the stress response hormone, norepinephrine, and endorphins, hormones that reduce pain and trigger positive feelings. So Be Fit! Be Chill! Be Active! Join Darin Pickles, Director of Operations to learn more about the positive benefits of exercise and get your move on!
Intro to Labyrinth Walking
We are excited to offer this new program during Mental Health Awareness Month! Walking a labyrinth is a way to relax and refresh your mind and body while following the path to the center, pausing there to reflect, and then returning back into the world with your experience by following the path out the same way you walked in.
Carmel Stabley, Advanced-Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, will show us that a labyrinth is not a maze. You won’t get lost and there are no dead ends.
REGISTER: Call 717-964-3808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
$10 members/$15 nonmembers
Yoga for Balance and Self-Healing
Yoga is the union of the mind, body and spirit, to promote balance and self-healing. Often promoted as exercise for those who are fit, skinny, and flexible, yoga is so much more. Learn how you can implement yoga into your everyday life regardless of age, fitness level or experience. Join Melanie Wells, Community Wellness Coordinator at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, for an opportunity to breathe, move and relax.
Mind-Body Work and Healing
Each of us has likely dealt with some form of trauma or stress in our lives, which can affect our sense of physical and emotional well-being. Connecting with ourselves using mind-body techniques can help heal this stress and improve our overall health.