Group to host ‘Mental Health Matters Week’ in Lafayette County – WKOW

LAFAYETTE COUNTY (WKOW) — A group in Lafayette County is dedicating a week to mental health awareness.

Next week is Mental Health Matters’ fourth annual Mental Health Matters week. It will be hosted countywide Sunday, Aug. 2 through Thursday, Aug. 6.

Mental Health Matters of Lafayette County is a nonprofit organization comprised of community members that have a shared focus on educating others, advocating for individuals in need of support and guidance, reducing the stigma of mental illness, and connecting individuals with mental health resources in our communities and surrounding counties.

The group’s goal during Mental Health Week is to educate all community members, including children, on why mental health matters, the different resources available and the importance of working together to reduce the stigma and support mental health needs in our individual communities.

Throughout the week there will be activities dedicated to sharing information about mental health, as well as providing opportunities for self-care. This year, due to COVID-19 all of our activities will allow for and encourage social distancing.

  • Sunday, Aug. 2:
    • Extinguishing Stigma Fire Truck Parade, Darlington, 3 p.m., view the parade from your porch or your car
  • Monday, Aug. 3:
    • Share a photo representing positive ways you support your mental health, and post on social media with the hashtag #MHMLafCo.
    • Kids yoga in the park, Darlington-library park, 5:30 p.m., bring water, and a mat or blanket
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4:
    • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention training, Zoom virtual training, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m., sign up here. QPR is a 90-minute evidence-based training that helps provide community members with the knowledge and basic skills to identify the signs and symptoms of potential suicidal thinking and to take the first step of intervening and connecting to resources
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5:
    • Don’t Mask Your Emotions: Roger Reynolds Facebook Live event, 2 p.m., find the event on the Facebook page: @MHMLafayetteCo. A discussion on emotional awareness and taking care of yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include isolation, worry, added pressures, navigating differing viewpoints and other stressors
    • Adult Yoga in the Park, Shullsburg-Mining Museum in the park, 7 p.m., bring water and a blanket or yoga mat
  • Thursday, Aug. 6:
    • Kids Yoga in the park, Argyle-Legion Park, 4 p.m., wear comfortable clothes, bring water and a blanket or yoga mat
    • Darlington Police Drive-Through Brat Feed & music by Tom Black in the gazebo at the Festival Grounds (next to Casey’s along the river), 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

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