On Sunday, May 19 from 11am to 2 pm, LifeWays Community Mental Health, Drug Free Jackson and Baker College of Jackson will host a free family-friendly event, called Islands of Wellness. This event, at the American 1 Event Center, is designed to help families learn how to manage stress and take care of their family’s mental health. Parking available at the United Way.
Challenges will be offered at each Island and participants will earn a stamp in their passport. Each island teaches one of the 8 Dimensions of Wellness developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) including Emotional, Physical, Environmental, Intellectual, Financial, Occupational, Spiritual and Social. Resource Reef features community resources and Serenity Point features coping skills.
Studies show 1 in 5 individuals will experience a mental illness at some point in their lifetime. This event helps to raise awareness of mental health in our community, fight stigma and share community resources for youth and families. “There’s a lot of stigma around mental illness,” says festival organizer Rebecca Calkins. “Yet mental health is just as important as physical health. We wanted to make that concept fun and understandable to the whole family.”
The theme was inspired by the film “Inside Out.” The characters Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust will be on hand for pictures with the kids. Upon completion of all 8 islands, families will receive a gift and be entered for door prizes. LifeWays thanks sponsors Emmons, Drug Free Jackson, American 1 Credit Union, Center for Family Health, Segue, Inc. and Bone Island Grill.