ANTHC hosts events, activities in May to raise awareness for Mental Health Awareness MonthApril 29, 2019
Each May, the Alaska Native Health Campus becomes a focal point in Anchorage for positive actions during Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, ANTHC is also encouraging our people across the state to complete weekly wellness activities for our mental health and enter to win prizes, along with hosting a number of awareness events on campus in promotion of mental health. Learn more at anthc.org/mentalhealthawareness/.
Weekly activities to promote mental health and win
Each week during the month, we’re asking our people to participate in wellness activities to promote mental health. After completing a weekly activity, fill out an online survey and tell us about your experience to be entered to win one of several gift cards in a June 10 drawing, here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HWCM7H5
April 29-May 4 – Animal Companionship
Activity: Spend 15 mindful minutes with your or a friend’s pet and think about your companionship with the animal!
May 5-11 – Work/Life Balance
Activity: Do not skip meals, take a 30-minute walk, or take small breaks throughout the day to clear your head.
May 12-18 – Recreation/Social Connection
Activity: Meet new people by attending a social event or volunteering or visit with a family member or friend.
May 19-25 – Spirituality
Activity: Take 20 minutes to decompress through yoga or mediation or begin journaling by writing about three positive things that happened to you this week.
May 26-June 1 – Humor
Activity: Do something you loved as a kid or something you always wanted to do that you haven’t.
Awareness Events on the Alaska Native Health Campus
These events are free and open to the public.
Opening Ceremony | Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 | Alaska Native Medical Center hospital conference room 2
Ceremonial opening for Mental Health Awareness Month with traditional blessing, Alaska Native singing, dancing, and drumming with a lunchtime potluck.
Animal Companionship Informational Fair | Noon-2 p.m. Friday, May 3 |Alaska Native Medical Center hospital conference room 2
Take time out of your busy day to enjoy the company of K-9’s and their handlers. Gather information on The National Crisis Response Canines, Therapy and Service Pet organizations, and other pet resources within Alaska. Learn how animal companion relationships can influence social, emotional, and physical well-being for all. In addition, learn how to create a relationship with a pet, the benefits of having a pet, adopting a pet, and how to add a pet to the home. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Tell Your Heart Story | 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9 | Consortium Office Building (4000 Ambassador Drive) conference room 1 and 2
Focus on personal and cultural strengths, empowerment and resilience. These are cultural values we often share through stories from our hearts. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Tea Time | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 | Alaska Native Medical Center hospital conference room 1
Take some time out of your busy day and join us for a cup of tea. Sit with friends and enjoy a visit. Engage in some mindful reading and self-exploration of teas.
Closing Ceremony | Noon-2 p.m. Friday, May 31 | Alaska Native Medical Center hospital conference room 2
Ceremonial closing ceremony for Mental Health Awareness Month with traditional blessing and Alaska Native drumming with a lunchtime potluck.