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World Mental Health Day


World Mental Health Day, an annual campaign hosted by the World Federation for Mental Health, celebrates awareness for the global community by empowering individuals to take action and create lasting change on the importance of mental health.

This year, The Renfrew Center is pleased to offer ten support opportunities for alumni and the greater community to come together in recognizing this year’s campaign theme, Make Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority.

  1. Instagram Live • 12:00 pm (ET)  
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    Join Ashley Vicari, LPC, Professional Relations Manager at The Renfrew Center, as she discusses the importance of mental health awareness and education. A mindfulness activity will be shared with the community as well.

  2. Virtual Support Group • 4:00 pm (ET)
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    To honor World Mental Health Day, please join Erin Birely, LCPC and Monica Jampo, MS in a supportive space to discuss how mental health can have a positive or negative effect in our daily lives. Attendees will learn strategies for prioritizing their own mental health. Methods for overcoming the stigma that is unfortunately attached to openly discussing mental health concerns will be addressed. This group is open to both community members and Renfrew alumni.

  3. Virtual Art Group • 7:00 pm (ET)  
    Sondra Rosenberg and Kyle CongdonNourishing Your Creativity
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    Join Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC and Kyle Congdon, ATR-BC, Creative Arts Therapists at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia, in a virtual experiential art workshop. In this interactive event, attendees will practice utilizing their own creativity to effectively manage stress and to support their emotional needs. Please bring paper and any drawing or painting supplies of your choice!

  4. Tracking Emotions Tutorial • On-Demand
    How To ARC: Becoming Your Own Emotional Expert
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    Samantha DeCaro, PsyDAwareness is the first step on the road to sustainable change. Learn how to effectively use the ARC, a concrete tool designed to mindfully track the triggers, emotional components, and the outcomes that reinforce and maintain maladaptive cycles. Allow emotional experiences to naturally unfold, while letting go of the need to judge, change, or avoid inner experiences. Validate, normalize, and add context to emotional responses by identifying the oppressive systems, historical contexts, and cultural influences embedded in earlier antecedents. Use the ARC to enhance clarity around patterns in the present moment with the goal of interrupting these cycles in the future. This tutorial, led by Samantha DeCaro, PsyD, will be available on-demand on Monday, October 10th only.

  5. Virtual Yoga Class • On-Demand
    Body Connection Yoga
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    Victoria MengelJoin Victoria Mengel, MS, ATR-P, a Hathra yoga trained instructor and Creative Arts Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia – Center City, PA, in a gentle yoga stretch as you reconnect with your body and offer yourself compassion and empathy through movements. This yoga flow will follow a short, guided meditation in shavasana and settle into yoga Nidra, with easy to remember movements you can use for future self-care. This group will include 30 minutes of stretching and 15 minutes of guided mediation/yoga (45 minutes total), and will be available on-demand on Monday, October 10th only.

  1. Mental Health Resources
    Recommended websites, podcasts, hotlines, and more.

  2. 10 Mental Health Tips
    Helpful ideas to maintain and progress in recovery.

  3. Blog Post
    Social Media and World Mental Health Day: 5 Tips for Finding Balance and Being Real
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  4. Mental Health Pledge
    Commitment to supporting your own mental health and those around you.

  5. Journal Prompt
    Reflective prompts to encourage the practice of gratitude.

For questions about any of the virtual events or resources offered on World Mental Health Day, please contact [email protected].

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