Mental Health Awareness Month gets rolling with a wellness wheel
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and CONNECT Summit County, an organization that raises awareness about mental health issues, wants to get it rolling with a wellness wheel.
The program will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May, 1, at Park City Community Church, 4501 N. S.R. 224. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
A wellness wheel is about encompassing the whole person and different aspects of “human being-ness,” said Wendy O’Leary, CONNECT’s resource navigation director.
There are different aspects of healing and health, and the wellness wheel looks at the physical, mental/emotional, social and spiritual side of mental health, she said.
“Physical is one that we can see, feel and touch,” O’Leary explained. “It’s also where the conventional treatments comes in, and the mental and emotional part addresses how our mindsets can affect our healing in terms of how quick or how long it will take to heal.”
The spiritual side looks at belief systems and how they are used in healing, which the social aspect of the wheel shows us how interconnected the human race is, according to O’Leary.
- E.J. Raven of Freedom Chiropractic
- Wendy Troxel, a sleep disorder therapist
- Cindy Haum, owner of HAUM Meditation Center
- Brad Lester of Alpine Holistic Medicine that specializes in Chinese medicine, herbalism, acupuncture, tai chi, nutrition and massage
“The idea of the wellness wheel is to enhance our healing by looking at all these different aspects at once,” she said.
The event will include a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Melissa Lopez-Larsen, a board certified psychiatrist, according to O’Leary.
“The panel will feature four holistic complementary health practitioners that will cover the four sections of the wellness wheel,” she said. (See accompanying box for list of practiioners)
O’Leary will also be on the panel as a certified family- and peer-support specialist.
Attendees will also have time after the discussion to browse more than 14 tables that will have a variety of information of complementary, holistic practices that can enhance clinical outcomes for people with mental health concerns, she said.
The different modalities will include transcranial magnetic stimulation, yoga, float tank healing, wilderness therapy and holistic medicine, to name a few.
“While most of the conventional treatments are known, some of the others aren’t not as well known,” she said. “There may be some concepts out there that people may not quite understand because they don’t know too much about them. At CONNECT, we want to provide options and resources for these complementary and integrative practices.”
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