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Mental Health Awareness for April

Many things are going to be happening for May, Mental Health Awareness Month, next month. We are announcing some of the festivities soon...

In the meantime, there is a lot we can see, do and participate in, including our own mental health.

April's color theme, Coral, is a calming and thoughtful color, a great color to think about when you think of Spring flowers and creating art that is near the holiday of Easter coming up.

(This month’s color is Coral (The coral hex code is #FF7F50.))


Celebrating Wellness, Recovery, and Resilience for APRIL...


Along with the preparation for Mental Health Month, there are many other things we can celebrate and recognize.


April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention month.


Resources and How to Get Involved:


"Prevent Child Abuse America" provides ways for an individual to take action and get involved!

Helping to "put family first" this opportunity to become part of child abuse prevention is great.


Visit Prevent Child Abuse America to take action, participate in "Plant a virtual pinwheel", and mark your calendars for April 19th, digital advocacy day!


One way to get involved is to wear the color blue!


Our Participants and Facilitators:


This month, facilitators received a booklet from "Take Action" and their 2023 toolkit for May, Mental Health Matters month, coming in May. They also announced a special playlist of great music for Mental Health. Enjoy the playlist here!



In April we can enjoy the Take Action playlist as well as look at the booklet which helps us identify our mental health plan of action and know-the-signs.

  1. Recognize the Signs of Stress

  2. Identify Stress Factors

  3. Self-Care

  4. Personal Networking

  5. Schedule Professional Support


Artistic EXPRESSION:

Visit My Voice Media Center for activities, art sessions, and friends!




OUR SESSIONS:

No Stigma Speakers Bureau: The No Stigma Speakers Bureau is MVMC's public speaking session. In this session, our participants begin to learn how to tell their success stories. The session is on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 10-11 AM.

Guitar: Learn from any level of guitar, sheet music, and performing. This session is run by Thomas Fetch, a self-taught facilitator who works with you on creating original music, performances, and more!


Painting: Learn the fundamentals of painting and working on canvas. Heidi Steinman is a painter in the Tulare County community including being one of the artists for murals in Visalia. She is dedicated to providing participants with the opportunity to express themselves in acrylic painting on Thursdays from 10-12 PM.


Drawing: Practice basic and advanced skills for composition. Bronson Combs provides a very relaxing environment for participants to expand on drawing skills such as line and value. His session is on Wednesdays from 10-12 PM.


Printmaking: Learn techniques for creating original prints as one of the oldest forms of printing art, creating graphic designs, and illustrations. Begin at any level with our new facilitator,


Peer Support: One-on-One Session with our Peer Support Specialist (by appointment). This is a great opportunity for our peers to connect one-on-one and create a plan for their mental health, talk about things, and reach out in times of need. These appointments can be made anytime when our Peer Support Specialist is available and on Thursdays and Fridays from 2-3 PM.


Video Editing: Practice skills necessary for editing video clips into shorts and videos. Phet Kamsaysoury is a dedicated individual with a lot to share with participants over the Zoom platform Tuesdays from 11-1 PM.


2D and 3D Art: Art exercises using color, texture, and various art media help participants talk about mental health and practice self-expression. Olivia Garza, our Peer Support Specialist is happy to share activities with participants on Thursdays from 12-2 PM.


Photo Editing: Practice editing your digital photography and using software designed to help create works of art. Phet Kamsaysoury's session is on Zoom, Wednesdays from 12-2 PM.


Thursday Art Video: Watch an art video step by step or another video planned by Olivia Garza. Olivia will stop the video until everyone catches up for a great group painting or craft session usually on the last Thursday of the month from 12-2 PM.


Art and Feelings: Explore the connections between feelings, shapes, style, and colors. Join in the mental health journey that art expression can have in each of our lives. Merry Miller-Gass is happy to present Art and Feelings Fridays from 10-12 PM.


I hope to see you at My Voice Media Center this month and in the month of May!



Contact Us...

Please leave us a message at (559) 772-0001 for enrollment information.

You can also visit us at 808 N. Court St. Visalia, 93291

Hours: Tuesday-Friday from 10-3 PM


 


 

Works Cited



Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council; accessed April 6, 2023; https://tularecountycapc.org/


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Take Action For Mental Health; https://takeaction4mh.com/;

(Playlist for May Mental Health Matters Month)

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