May: Mental Health Awareness Month
Awareness around mental health is important now more than ever. We are all experiencing anxiety and isolation, and now realizing its impact on our mental health. However, for those living with cancer, their families, friends, and caregivers, and those living with loss, they understand all too well the impact anxiety and isolation has on mental health.
For those impacted by cancer, Gilda’s Club is here to help. We’ve created a guide of program offerings and outside resources to help you stay mentally strong while impacted by cancer.
Gilda’s Club virtual program offerings:
Art Therapy – Mondays from 1:00pm – 2:30pm
For many of life’s events there just aren’t the words to express how we feel or fully communicate the depth of our experiences. That is where creativity and art enter the picture. During art therapy sessions, we use art as a means to explore emotions, gain self‐insight, have fun and seek creativity and connection through community.
Art Therapy and Identity Through Art Journaling – Thursdays from 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Cancer brings life changes, shifts priorities, and challenges personal beliefs and values. Review and redefine your core identity with art journaling. A sketchbook will be crafted and a variety of art media and creative techniques will be explored.
Art Therapy and Mindfulness – Wednesdays from 10:30am – 12:00pm
Mindfulness used with art can help us express ourselves through images in a way that cannot always be expressed through words.
Gentle Yoga – Mondays from 9:30am – 10:30am
This gentle, slow-paced, and relaxing practice focuses on stretching all areas of the body while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles.
Candlelight Yoga – Every other Tuesday, (May 19-June 30) from 5:30pm – 6:30pm
A soothing blend of slowly flowing deep stretches, mindful connection to the breath, and restorative postures followed by a guided meditation. Show yourself a little loving kindness by joining us for this special practice.
Meditative Movements – Thursdays from 9:30am – 10:30am
Bring your fear, anxieties and worries to our upcoming online classes. We will explore the Meditative Movement™ technique which has been found to reduce anxiety, depression and fatigue while improving emotional and functional well-being per a 2017 University of Minnesota research study. The movements can be integrated into your daily routine and are adaptable to anyone’s physical ability.
“Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.”
“Nearly 450 million people worldwide are currently living with a mental illness, yet nearly two thirds of people with a known mental illness never seek treatment. ADAA is dedicated to helping those living with anxiety, depression, and co-occurring disorders and their loved ones find treatment, support, and resources.”