Would you like to be happier? Could you use more kindness in your life?
The Rice County Mental Health Collective invites the public to learn about the practice of meditation at its positive psychology “jam” sessions on May 14 and May 15.
The first session will be at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Weitz Center for Creativity in Northfield, and the second session will be at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Faribault Senior Center in Faribault. No registration is required.
The sessions provide information about mindfulness and kindness meditation, and the physical health benefits of meditation. Attendees will learn tools to foster positive mental health and practice meditating with guidance from Fred Howe from Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center. The "jam" sessions are among a number of events the Rice County Mental Health Collective is promoting in May to celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Month.
Coordinator Janet Lewis Muth said the mental health collective aims to encourage people to become more aware of the role mental health plays in everyone’s lives.
“We need to be as intentional about caring for our mental health as we are about caring for our physical health. We hope that we’re providing tools to make that possible for people,” Muth said.
The mental health collective launched a positive psychology campaign this month. It is publishing regular messages to promote simple activities proven to improve mental health. These messages will be displayed in posters and table tents throughout the county.
Contact Muth at email@example.com if you'd like copies of materials.
Other upcoming events include a Mental Health Awareness Walk at noon on Wednesday, May 22, at Friendship House, 212B, Central Ave., Faribault. The event will conclude with speakers and treats.
The Rice County Mental Health Collective is a coalition of community members with a mission to shift the system of mental health care in Rice County. For more information, visit www.growinguphealthy.org/rice-county-mental-health-collective/ or find the organization on Facebook.