Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual campaign created by the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) occurring the first full week of October and advocates to educate the public about mental health. Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. Mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends, or coworkers. Our events for Mental Health Awareness Week aim to promote healthy lifestyle habits and mental well-being for county residents through fitness classes, workshops, speakers, and trainings.

Program Details

Did you know that in Prince George's County, 12.3% of adults reported experiencing frequent mental distress? Join us as we observe Mental Health Awareness Week October 2-8, 2022. Take time for yourself and relieve stress through fitness classes, learn about mental health resources in Prince George’s County, and gain new knowledge on how to take care of your mental well-being.

Join us for a week of FREE events and take care of your mental well-being. Registration is required for all events.

Activities & Events

Pen and Pose: Writing the Body
Sunday, October 2, 11 am-12:30 pm
In this 90-minute workshop, poet and yoga educator Yael Flusberg will guide students through breath work, poses, mindfulness techniques, and writing exercises to connect you with your bodies, mind, and spirit. Participants should dress comfortably, and bring a yoga mat, notebook, pen, and any other props they like (a blanket, blocks, or a thick book, a yoga strap).
Ages 18 & up.
Montpelier Arts Center 
9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel 20708
Register through Parks Direct!

Wellness Walk
Monday, October 3, 9-10 am
Walking is great for your physical and mental health. Connect with nature and de-stress as you walk through the woods. During this walk you will be led through mindful exercises, becoming aware of your surroundings and how your body and mind feel while moving.
Ages 13 & up.
Tucker Road Athletic Complex (located near the restrooms)
1711 Tucker Road, Fort Washington 20744
Register through Parks Direct!

Mental Health Awareness Kick off Event
Monday, October 3, 6-8 pm
Join us as we kick off the start to Mental Health Awareness Week! A guest speaker from the University of Maryland Capital Region Health will speak on the County’s behavioral health status and offer resources. We will also hear a personal story about the tragedy to triumph from a mental health awareness advocate. Vendors from a variety of mental health agencies in the region will be onsite to provide resources to participants.
All ages welcome.
Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex (located in Town Hall)
8001 Sheriff Road, Landover 20785
Register through Parks Direct!

Meditation
Tuesday, October 4, 8-9 am
Meditation is a grounding practice that helps you to know yourself better and appreciate yourself and others more. Science has proven that regular meditation can have powerful long-lasting effects including helping the body return to a more natural and calm state. Through meditation, you will begin to notice your body and mind more easily and let go of daily stressors and challenges. Come join us for this virtual introductory class.
Ages 13 & up.
Register through Parks Direct!
A link to register will be sent 24 hours prior to the event start time.

Mood-Boosting Foods Workshop
Tuesday, October 4, 6-7 pm
Did you know that the food you eat can impact your mood? In this virtual session, learn tips and tricks to help you positively impact your mental health. Learn about mood-boosting and brain powering foods.
All ages welcome.
Register through Parks Direct!
A link to register will be sent 24 hours prior to the event start time.

Life In Recovery After Surviving Suicide: A Conversation About Mental Health & Self-Care
Wednesday, October 5, 12-1 pm
This virtual session will take participants through a suicide survivor’s journey of mental health recovery and healing. T-Kea Blackman’s transparency of surviving suicide and living with mental illness will give you tools to address your own mental health. Hear her story of recovering from a suicide attempt to successfully managing a diagnosis and living a fulfilling life. You will also explore self-care strategies that will help inspire you to begin your wellness journey. Registration required
Ages 13 & up; FREE
Register through Parks Direct!
A link to register will be sent 24 hours prior to the event start time.

Yoga
Wednesday, October 5, 5:30-6:30 pm
Learn the basic moves to strengthen your body and increase your flexibility. Yoga is an excellent form of exercise regardless of your age or practice level. It combines body movements, breathing, and mental relaxation while relieving stress.
Ages 13 & up.
Bladensburg Waterfront Park (located near playground)
4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg 20710
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Adult Mental Health First Aid Training
Thursday, October 6, 8 am-5 pm
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. Adult Mental Health First Aid will teach you how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. Registration required.
Ages 18 & up.
Watkins Tennis Bubble (located in the multipurpose room)
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20772
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Foods to Get Your Zzzzzz's On for Great Mental Health
Thursday, October 6, 6-7 pm
If your sleep routine is a little out of whack, we can help! In this virtual session, you will learn the best foods to help you achieve a good night's sleep, foods you should avoid, and foods that will kick-start your energy when you wake up. Registration required.
All ages welcome.
Register through Parks Direct!
A link to register will be sent 24 hours prior to the event start time.

Tai Chi
Friday, October 7, 12-1 pm
“Meditation in motion” is how health experts describe Tai Chi – an ancient form of exercise for balance, stretching, muscle tone, and flexibility. Incorporate deep breathing along with these gentle, flowing, focused movements into your exercise program for better overall health and the relief of stress. Sometimes the ancient way is the best way.
Ages 13 & up.
Tucker Road Athletic Complex (located near the restrooms)
1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington 20744
Register through Parks Direct!

From Jail to Joy: My Journey with Bipolar
Friday, October 7, 1-2 pm
This virtual session will take participants through the breathtaking journey of Ph.D.’s mistaken identity. Our presenter, Dr. Carol Renee’ Ray, a black female, experienced a narrow escape from death when her bipolar condition landed her in extensive confinement. As a result of the ordeal that Dr. Ray experienced, she wrote Ph.D.’s Have Bipolar Too: My Story in hopes that sharing her story will bring awareness to the criminalization of the mentally ill. This session will discuss Dr. Ray’s experience, share tips on crisis prevention, and allow space for questions. This session is for anyone who has lived experience with bipolar disorder and the friends and family, who are supporting them. Registration required.
Ages 13 & up.
Register through Parks Direct!
A link to register will be sent 24 hours prior to the event start time.

Get Fit Mobile: Peace of Mind Pop-Up
Saturday, October 8, 10 am-12 noon
Mental health is an essential part of overall health and wellness. Relieve stress and find your peace of mind through coloring and other stress-relieving activities.
Ages 13 & up.
Watkins Regional Park (located in the Nature Center parking lot)
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774
Register through Parks Direct!

Join one of our Yoga classes at the Peace of Mind Pop-Up:

Yoga
Saturday, October 8, 10-11 am
Learn the basic moves to strengthen your body and increase your flexibility. Yoga is an excellent form of exercise regardless of your age or practice level. It combines body movements, breathing, and mental relaxation while relieving stress.
Ages 13 & up.
Register through Parks Direct!

Family Yoga
Saturday, October 8, 11-11:30 am
Enjoy quality family time through the movements of yoga. Build strength, relieve stress, improve flexibility, and maintain health and overall well-being.
Ages 6 & up.
Register through Parks Direct!

Partners 

Additional Information 

For more information, please visit wellness.pgparks.com or contact us at wellness@pgparks.com 

ADA Accommodation

The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation. TTY (Text Telephone) for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disability 301-699-2544.