Mental Wellbeing – A Community Approach

Dyan Dunsmoor-Farley

Sustainable Gabriola’s working group on Mental Health and Substance Use

Tuesday, April 28 2015

May 4 to 8 is Mental Health Week. It is a time to appreciate our own good health and provide wellness opportunities for those who are struggling to achieve well-being. To honour the critical importance of mental health in our day-to-day lives, a number of community organizations and individuals are hosting mental wellness activities. 

May 2, our local mental health action team will be hosting an information booth at the Commons Spring Fair from 11am to 3pm. We will have information and handouts, and would love to answer questions and chat with you about any topics you might have. 

May 4, PHC will be hosting a yoga event. Learn to breathe, stretch and connect with your core. On May 5, PHC will be hosting a reflective walk and poetry reading in the Commons Labyrinth. Contact PHC for times. 

On May 6, reconnect with the world of sound by joining Leah Hokanson for a Sound Walk at 8am at the Commons. If mornings are not your thing, join Sue Dunn and Janice Power at 6:30pm (also on May 6) to explore Therapeutic Art Journaling. Bring pens and journals or purchase them there. The course cost is $5.00. There will be a limit of 10 people – phone Janice at 247-8498 to register and to find out the location. 

Conclude your week with some “forest bathing,” an activity practiced in Japan and Korea. No towels will be required as you will be “bathing” your senses, not your bodies. Research about the practice shows that time spent in nature lowers stress levels with resulting mental and physical health benefits. Meet GaLTT (Gabriola Lands & Trails Trust) walk leaders at 10:30 a.m. on Friday May 8 at the Elder Cedar Reserve parking lot.