Help Friends Hospital Celebrate Mental Health Month!

Did you know that one in five Americans live with a mental health condition?  Here are some activities that Friends Hospital is doing in May to help raise awareness and make a difference!

May 7th – Friends Hospital is sponsoring the 11th Annual 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention and Awareness hosted by the Delaware County Suicide Prevention & Awareness Task Force.  The event is at Ridley Creek State Park Pavilion #11, Media, PA. Registration opens at 8a, race starts at 9 a.m. 

May 14th – Friends Hospital is sponsoring the Greater Philadelphia NAMIWalks 5k at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA. The walk is a public display of support for people with mental health challenges.  Check in is at 8 a.m., walk starts at 10 a.m. To register, visit http://www.namiwalks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=529

May 18th – Friends Hospital is partnering with Northeast Community Center for Behavioral Health to provide free mental health screenings. Volunteers & Clinicians will be on hand from 1p-4p directly inside the Adams Avenue entrance. The goal of this initiative is to get people to be proactive about helping themselves or a loved one, because we believe that regular mental health checkups are just as important as regular physical health checkups. The screenings are not diagnostic, but are meant to provide a sense of whether or not someone may want to seek further evaluation. For more information on the screening event, visit http://healthymindsphilly.org/screening

May 21st – Friends Hospital is sponsoring Main Line NAMI on the Move 5K/1K walk.  The event is to raise awareness of the need for better treatment and more supportive services for individuals with mental illness and their family members.  The walk is at Bryn Mawr Community Center Park, Bryn Mawr, PA. Registration is scheduled for 9:15 – 9 :45 a.m. For more information visit http://namipamainline.org/main-line-nami-on-the-move/

May 22nd – Friends Hospital will be participating in a Mental Health Expo titled “Healing of the Soul” at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, NJ. The event is free and open to the community from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Lu Ann Cahn will be the Keynote Speaker. For more information visit http://www.templeemanuel.org/monthly-calendar/eventdetail/9613/-/mental-health-expo-with-luann-cahn

May 24th – As the northeast hub, Friends Hospital will be hosting a Youth Mental Health First Aid training from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education program that teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of behavioral health challenges or crises. For more information or to register for the training, visit http://healthymindsphilly.org/mhfa