Mental Health Awareness Month Activities

Talks & Workshops

Mental Health & Climbing Webinar with Black Diamond's Hazel Findlay

Sunday, May 9, 2021 | 1 PM CST

Most of us have the feeling that climbing is good for our mental health, but do we know why? Climbing is a powerful tool for personal development and with the right knowledge we can get more out of our climbing. Have you noticed that you have good days and bad days and that some days aren’t as fun and positive as they could be? Hazel will talk about why sports like climbing are so good for our mental health and how we can get the most out of our climbing so we can be happier, healthier climbers.

Hazel has been climbing for 27 years and has been a mental training coach for 6 years. She is currently studying mental health at King’s College London.

Registration Required. Suggested ticket price of $10. Register Here.
For every $5 donated, you will get your name into the raffle for a chance to win prizes from Black Diamond.

Virtual Free Mind Group Training with The Rock Warrior's Way

Tuesdays, May 11, 18, 25 and June 1 | 6 PM

These classes create a safe, supportive space for exploring your best self. The Warrior’s Way curriculum was first created to help rock climbers deal with fear in a high stress environment. The Rock Warrior’s Way believes that mental training is best explored in communities– helping us explore what it means to be a part of something larger than ourselves.

How does it work?

Each week, your small group will meet for an hour long video call with a Warrior’s Way trainer to explore an important mental training concept that you can apply directly to your life. During the call, participants will be paired up for exercises and activities that dive into the topic and create deep understanding of mental training concepts. The trainer will provide take-home activities to apply the topic to your life during the week. All participants will have access to a group online forum to discuss the topic and ask questions as they practice. At the end of the training, participants will have the opportunity to set personal goals for their continued exploration of mental training. 

Free. Registration Required. This series is limited to 8 people. 

Before registering, please ensure you will be able to attend all four classes. Register Here. 

Destigmatizing Mental Health Talk

Saturday, May 1, 2021 | 1:30 PM 

This talk will be lead by therapist, Louvadie King. 

In-person event limited to 8 people. First come, first served. Masks required.

Mental Health for Mom's Healing Circle

Friday, May 7, 2021 | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

This circle will be facilitated by social worker, Michelle Miller from Faith and Family Services. 

Refreshments and goodie bags will be provided for participants.

In-person event limited to 8 people. First come, first served. Masks required. 

Intersecting Chiropractic Care & Mental Health

Saturday, May 8, 2021 | 1:30 PM

Dr. Hogan from Memphis Spine and Sport will speak on the intersection of chiropractic care and mental health. When people think chiropractic, they think back pain. But it really is so much more. When you are in pain, it can be a downward spiral that can lead to being sad, angry, depressed with loss of sleep, and even not being able to exercise (which makes things even worse).  By training your spine to be in proper alignment, you allow your central nervous system to function at its optimum level.  There are a lot of patients that report secondary side effects of being in a better mood at work/around family, better sleep, and an overall better quality of life.  He will talk about how all of this is connected, and the natural way to treat your pain.

In-person event limited to 8 people. First come, first served. Masks required. 

Understanding Mental Health for Youth

Saturday, May 22, 2021 | 3 PM – 4 PM

Please come with questions prepared.

We will explore the difference between mental health and mental illness, conversing about teen’s assumptions and biases around mental health issues and their stigma. Our group will investigate the right of passage / initiation needed for teenagers and families, discussing the social pressures on the attendees. We will complete our time with practical strategies applicable to the needs of those present.

In-person event limited to 8 people. First come, first served. Masks required. 

Empowerment Through Climbing for Adults with psychotherapist, Timothy Tate

Saturday, May 22, 2021 | 1 PM – 2 PM

Please come with questions prepared.

We will begin with appreciating the challenge of climbing as an apt analogy for self-confidence and respect – investigating the athlete’s mentality. 

We’ll discuss the various mental health diagnoses shedding light on their limitations and relevance. This group will dialog around the issues attendees face in their personal and family life. I will identify the four stories we tell ourselves and others: Persona, Character, The Unbearable, and the Cultural. 

In-person event limited to 8 people. First come, first served. Masks required. 

Why Am I Sad?: Grief vs Depression

Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 12 PM

This talk will be lead by therapist, Kiersten Hawes.

In-person event limited to 8 people. First come, first served. Masks required. 

Decentering Stress

Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

This talk will be led by Dean Graves from Prima Healing Meditation.

Stress is a common experience that varies only by degrees of intensity. Regardless of the unwanted conditions being experienced, stress is the culprit that causes us to interpret any experience as unpleasant. In this presentation, we’ll explain the problematic nature of stress and address what steps must be taken to ultimately eliminate stress from life. Common unwanted conditions resulting from stress include but are not limited to drug and/or alcohol abuse, depression, unhappiness, most physical illness not directly caused by a physical trauma, anger, anxiety and other behavior distortions that result in pain or suffering. 

In-person event limited to 8 people. First come, first served. Masks required. 

Film Screenings

All virtual film screenings will have an in-person option at Memphis Rox for those who are unable to access a computer or internet.

Please contact gali@onefamilymem.org with any questions. 

Inside Out Screening & Discussion

Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 6 PM CST

Tariq Smith and Kaelin Large, Team Leads for local Early Psychosis intervention programs, will be showing the movie Inside Out which will be followed by a discussion about emotions and mental health. Inside Out is a family-friendly look at how our brains process events and the ways our emotions can affect our behavior and lives. The conversation after the movie will focus on the importance of emotions, the lessons we can learn from our feelings, and how to build healthy emotional expression.

In-person event limited to 8 people. First come, first served. Masks required. 

The Nate Draughn Redemption Story Screening & Conversation

Thursday, May 27, 2021 | 6 PM CST

The Nate Draughn Redemption Story’ chronicles one climber’s journey through life’s highs and lows. From an early start in climbing to losing control of everything at the hands of drugs, one thing has remained true the whole way through…a love for the sport. In a return to his old stomping grounds of Boone, North Carolina, Nate Draughn recounts his journey through the last two decades of climbing, drugs and redemption.

Free, virtual event. Registration required.  Register here.

We will be hosting a raffle at the end of the film screening, with prizes from Mad Rock and Metolius! Purchase your raffle tickets here.

Crux Screening with Pre-Recorded Panel Discussion

Monday, May 31, 2021 | 6 PM CST

Directed by Casey Dubois and Zac Hoffman, Crux follows Harvey, a recovering addict who uses rock climbing to work through his ongoing struggle with mental health. 

Following Crux, we will screen a pre-recorded Panel Discussion on Mental Health in the Mountains. In this panel, participants discuss personal struggles and the positive effects the great outdoors can have on mental health. 

Free, virtual event. Registration Required. Register Here.

Movement Classes

Introduction to Meditation

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Led by Dean Graves from Prima Healing Meditation, this class will start with a brief discussion followed by a 20 minute guided meditation. 

Meditation is the practice of exploring the self. It’s important as all humans learn by the process of comparison and contrast. When we fail to provide ourselves with an expanded awareness of the self, we only find problems. Meditation allows us to experience a state of being outside of everyday life, just as a vacation allows us to recharge and return to work with a new, clearer perspective. With meditation, everyday problems can be viewed through a clearer lens.

In-person event limited to 8 people. First come, first served. Masks required. 

Mindful Movement Pilates

Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 6 – 6:50 PM

Join local Pilates instructor, Cora Pitt for an all level Pilates Mat class! We will explore Pilates movements that will help us clear our minds and give us energy and inner serenity for better balance in our daily lives. 

In-person event limited to 8 people. First come, first served. Masks required. 

Deep Stretch Class

Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 6:30 PM

This class will be led by Jatziry Greenfiled from JatYoga. We will start by heating the body up with Sun Salutations and then move into a relaxing deep stretch cycle. We will stretch and target deep connective tissues between muscles and/or fascia. This class is for everybody that enjoys yoga and is curious about it’s benefits.

In-person event limited to 8 people. First come, first served. Masks required. 

Family Yoga

Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 2 PM – 2:30 PM

Saturday, May 29, 2021 | 2 PM – 2:30 PM

In-person event limited to 8 people. All ages welcome. First come, first served. Masks required. 

Creatives

Drum Circles with Forward Counseling

Saturday, May 1, 2021 | 1 PM – 3 PM

Saturday, May 8, 2021 | 1 PM – 3 PM

Come drum with us! Drums are provided. No musical ability required. Studies show drumming lowers blood pressure, reduces stress & improves mood. Drumming also promotes creativity and empowerment.

In-person event limited to 15 people. First come, first served. Masks required.

The Benefits of Sound

Saturday, May 1, 2021 | 1 PM – 3 PM

Saturday, May 8, 2021 | 1 PM – 3 PM

This session will be led by Ebony Bailey from Life Balance Therapy. 

In-person event limited to 8 people. First come, first served. Masks required.

Expressive Art Activity

Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 2 PM – 4 PM

This session will be led by Forward Counseling‘s Art Therapist Caitlin Leggett. All ages welcome.

In-person event limited to 8 people. First come, first served. Masks required.

Saturday Series

1 PM – 3 PM

Each Saturday of the month, we’ll host a free-food giveaway and area organizations will provide resources to the community.

Below are a list of participating organizations:

May 1, 2021
  • Mempops
  • Forward Counseling 
  • The Athena Project
  • OnTrack Alliance Healthcare Services
  • OnTrack CMI Healthcare Services
  • Faith and Family Services
May 8, 2021
  • Forward Counseling 
  • The Athena Project
  • OnTrack Alliance Healthcare Services
  • OnTrack CMI Healthcare Services
  • Faith and Family Services
May 15, 2021
  • StickEm Food Truck
  • The Athena Project
  • OnTrack Alliance Healthcare Services
  • OnTrack CMI Healthcare Services
  • Faith and Family Services
  • A Step Ahead Foundation
May 22, 2021
  • Global Cafe
  • Forward Counseling 
  • Reed Counseling and Consulting LLC
  • Ferren Family Counseling 
  • Faith and Family Services
  • A Step Ahead Foundation