Gilroy Library to Host Balanced Life, Balanced Mind Resource Fair

For Immediate Release
April 24, 2019

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May 4, 2019 event to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Numerous community organizations that provide mental health services will come together on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Gilroy Library as part of the Balanced Life, Balanced Mind Resource Fair. Funded by the California State Library’s State Mental Health Initiative, the all-day event is open to all. The fair kicks off at 10 am and ends at 4 pm at 350 W. 6th St., Gilroy, CA 95020.

“This year’s event builds upon the inaugural Mindquest Mental Health Fair in 2018,” stated Nancy Howe, County Librarian. “Our goal is to help community members find the right balance in their lives and help them obtain better peace of mind through the many resources being offered.”

One in five Americans face a mental health condition, including anxiety, depression, addiction, ADHD, and eating disorders. While traditionally such personal health issues are not regularly publicly discussed, society has been moving toward greater openness in talking about such topics. The resource fair seeks to help all participants focus on their total well-being, including the many challenges found in daily life.

Activities for all ages are scheduled throughout the day, in addition to resource tables providing information, prizes, and giveaways. Kids can take part in yoga, arts and crafts. Adults and teens can enjoy yoga, origami, mixing bath salts, drawing class and adult coloring for stress relief. Workshops will be held on the topics of stress relief, engaging leadership, coping with grief, and more. There will also be a workshop in Spanish on how to raise successful children by a local marriage and family therapist and certified family educator.

The Balanced Life, Balanced Mind Resource Fair is intended to provide information and resources to attendees about mental health. The event also emphasizes the library’s special role as a place to come together, bringing attention to important issues and sharing tools to address life’s challenges.

Programs and activities include:

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10 am – 2 pm: Prize Drawings and Giveaways.

10 am – 2 pm: Resource Tables.

10:15 am: Yoga for adults.

10:15 am: Undo your Stress Techniques with Nicole Steward, MSW, RYT: An expert in social work, crisis management, and family engagement.

11 am – 1 pm: Adult & Teen Bath Salt Crafts and Origami.

11:30 am: Psychology of Stress Presentation by Dr. Nick Fortino: Psychology professor for multiple colleges, including Gavilan College.  

11:30 am – 2 pm: Coloring for Adults.

1 pm: Engaging Leadership Motivational Seminar by Lynda Nguyen: A Certified Coach, with a Masters in Medical Hypnotherapy, and certified as a Master NLP Practitioner (Health). 

2 pm: Coping with Grief Workshop with Janneke Margaret Jobsis-Brown, LCSW: Clinical Social Work/Therapist who specializes in grief counseling.

3:30 pm: Drawing with Pastels Art Class with local artist David Hofstad.

For Kids:

11 am: Storytime.

12 pm: YogaKids.

1 pm: Criar hijos saludables y exitosos (se servirán aperitivos) / A Successful Family Workshop (in Spanish, with Snacks) with Ana Morante, LMFT, CFLE- A bilingual, bicultural Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Family Life Educator. 

2 pm – 4pm: Crafts including Art Therapy, Slime, Calming Jars and more!

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