Meditation Events to Promote Mental Health Awareness

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 more about the practice of meditation at its positive psychology “Jam” sessions on May 14 and May 15.

The May 14 session will be held at the Weitz Center for Creativity in Northfield, and the May 15 session will be held at the Faribault Senior Center in Faribault. Both sessions run from 4:45-5:45 p.m., and people are welcome to attend either session. No registration is required.

The sessions will provide information about mindfulness and kindness meditation, and the physical health benefits of meditation. Attendees will learn tools to foster positive mental health, and they will practice meditating with guidance from Fred Howe of the 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 that 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 the tools to make that possible for people,” Muth said.

The mental health collective launched a positive psychology campaign this month and is publishing regular messages that promote simple activities proven to improve mental health. These messages will be displayed in posters and table tents throughout the county. Contact Muth at janet@growinguphealthy.org if you'd like copies of the materials.

Other upcoming events include a Mental Health Awareness Walk in Faribault on May 22. The walk begins at noon at the Friendship House, 212B, Central Ave. in Faribault and 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 to a public health model through three working groups: Prevention, Promotion, and Care. For more information, visit www.growinguphealthy.org/rice-county-mental-health-collective/ or find the organization on Facebook.