Approximately one out of every four Americans suffers with some form of a mental-health challenge in their lifetime. With May being National Mental Health Awareness Month, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department), in partnership with many community organizations, will conduct the “Healthy Mind, Healthy Body” community health and wellness event on Saturday, May 22, from 11am to 2pm at Recreation Park, 4900 E. 7th St.
The “Healthy Mind, Healthy Body” event, which is open to the public and free of charge, will provide information and resources on maintaining mental health and wellness, as well as featuring health-information booths, education, entertainment, resources, outreach, and interactive opportunities for the public.
Mental health advocacy, support and anti-stigma information will also be available at the event. 54th District Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, in addition to staff and programs from the Health Department, community partners co-hosting this event include the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, the Veterans Administration and Medical Center of Long Beach, The Children’s Clinic, the National Alliance for Mental Illness-Long Beach Chapter, Mental Health America-Village Integrated Service Agency, Community Hospital of Long Beach, the Center for Families and Youth, Total Family Support Clinic, the United States Veteran’s Initiative as well as other interested community resources and mental-health advocates.
“Healthy Mind/Healthy Body is an opportunity for our community to see what resources are available to address mental health problems,” Foster said. “Anytime that I am able to share with others that I struggled and overcame mental health problems, I feel that this brings hope to others to take care of their health.”