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Mental Health Awareness Week coming up 0

By Angela Brown, Portage Daily Graphic

With CMHA in Central Region, Community Wellness Initiative worker Crystal Dudgeon, left, and Activities Co-ordinator Jocelyn Robinson, are pictured at the local CMHA office in Portage la Prairie Wednesday. The CMHA is planning a week of activities to recognize National Mental Health Awareness Week....Staff photo by Angela Brown

With CMHA in Central Region, Community Wellness Initiative worker Crystal Dudgeon, left, and Activities Co-ordinator Jocelyn Robinson, are pictured at the local CMHA office in Portage la Prairie Wednesday. The CMHA is planning a week of activities to recognize National Mental Health Awareness Week....Staff photo by Angela Brown

Mental Health Awareness Week will be coming up starting next Monday and will offer the community an opportunity to learn more about the issue that affects so many lives.

With CMHA in Central Region, community wellness initiative worker Crystal Dudgeon said for the week, which runs from May 7 to 12, a number of activities are planned in the community, such as the Pay It Forward project.

"All week long it is going to be Pay It Forward," she said. "That's to do something nice for someone, and expect nothing in return -- just to pass on the good deed."

The CMHA will be handing out cards to the community about the initiative.

People who participate are encouraged to talk about what good deed they have done, either by calling the CMHA office in Portage and reporting it, or by posting their story online on the CMHA Facebook page.

Also during the week there is a two-day Mental Health 'First Aid' course available free to the public on May 8 and 9 at the Salvation Army building on Duke Avenue.

The course will be an opportunity for the public to learn more about how they can help friends or people they know who are dealing with mental health concerns.

Mental Health Awareness Week also includes the Office Olympics event on May 11 during the lunch-hour from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Portage Salvation Army location.

Local businesses participate in a variety of games as a way to promote the importance of having good mental health by taking fun in some stress-buster activities.

See more in Portage Daily Graphic.

angela.brown@sunmedia.ca


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