May is Mental Health Month
May is Mental Health Month was started 69 years ago by Mental Health America (MHA), to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. Last year, Mental Health Month materials were seen and used by over 230 million people. This year's theme is "Fitness #4Mind4Body." A healthy lifestyle may help prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. It can also help people recover from these conditions. Eating healthy foods, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy.
MHA has developed a series of fact sheets (available at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may) on the importance of exercise, diet and nutrition, gut health, sleep, and stress management. Also new this year is the #4Mind4Body Challenge, where everyone can join in completing a small task each day during the month of May – and share on social media using #4Mind4Body. Learn more here: www.mentalhealthamerica.net/challenge.
To help recognize May is Mental Health Month, Aurora Charter Oak will be handing out green "Mental Health Awareness" ribbons and free educational material, as well as hosting a special Mental Health First Aid training on May 2 at the hospital.
May 2018 Calendar - Outpatient Program
Each month, the Outpatient Program at Aurora Charter Oak features a number of special celebrations and activities, in addition to the daily therapy and education groups. Our outpatient treatment programs are designed for individuals who do not require hospitalization, but who will benefit from a more intensive level of treatment than occasional visits to a therapist or other behavioral healthcare professional. Individuals who attend our outpatient programs have access to a multidisciplinary team of experts, including physicians, psychiatrists, registered nurses, therapists and chemical dependency counselors. Breakfast and lunch is provided. For more information about the program, please call Shawna Lane, Patient Liaison at 626-859-5269.
75th Anniversary of Charter Oak
In 1941, Mary Gould opened Charter Oak Lodge as a mental health treatment facility. The hospital celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2016 with a special lunch program on May 10th. Long-term and "Employee of the Month" individuals were among the attendees who received special recognition during the event.
Rita Lancefield, daughter of Mary Gould, was the guest speaker. Accompanying Rita were her husband Robert Lancefield and niece Cynthia Marsh. Rita spoke about her mother's vision and dedication to providing a positive therapeutic environment for the young women who were the first patients at Charter Oak. Rita noted how gratifying it was to see that the work her mother started continues after 75 years.
The hospital presented Rita with one of two granite engraved plaques commissioned in recognition of Mary Gould and the founding of Charter Oak. One of the plaques will remain on display at the hospital, while Charter Oak Foundation will keep the other plaque. Charter Oak Foundation is a direct continuation of the lifework of Mary Gould. The Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations that serve high-risk populations. Cynthia Marsh, granddaughter of Mary Gould, is the President of the Foundation.
Following the event, Rita stated, "All three of us felt very gratified at the sense of continuation we felt. It is great to see that the dream lives on and is being so well nurtured. Thank you so much. I especially enjoyed experiencing the good spirit among the staff. I know that that does not come automatically, but is worked for every day. It is such an important model for those whom you are helping to move forward."
Aurora Charter Oak is dedicated to providing our community with mental health and chemical dependency education and treatment. Involvement with community health fairs, professional association events and trainings for healthcare providers are some of the ways we strive to meet this mission. We are a continuing education provider through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and The California Foundation for the Advancement of Addiction Professionals
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