The Hall Neighbors House in Buckhannon recently celebrated Mental Health Awareness Month with a presentation by Mike Kuba, director of counseling at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Kuba led the group through "Mindful Practices" - a way to relieve stress. He taught the difference between explicit memory and implicit memory. Anxiety comes when we cannot distance ourselves from our problems, and that is when we need to put the mindfulness into practice.
Also in May, the group welcomed Dr. Kathy Muscari from Charleston. She led the class in Zentagles, a new type of art therapy. She provided materials to more than 15 participants.
The Hall Neighbors House is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Donuts, coffee, soup and sandwiches are for all neighbors who would like to drop in and chat or just pick up information.
On the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., the Depression and Bipolar Support Group meets. There is a Meditation Group that meets at 2:15 p.m. each Wednesday, and a Women's Support Group meets twice each month. Stop by for more information.
Kelly Lane, the WRAP coordinator from Charleston, will be at the Halls Neighbor House at 10 a.m. June 16 to start a class. This is a self-advocacy support class on wellness and recovery, and it is open to everyone. This class will teach you how to take personal responsibility and to give hope and empowerment while educating and offering support to those in attendance. Call or stop by for more information.
Many more presentations are scheduled for the summer months. Anyone who would like more information or would be interested in becoming a trained volunteer, or to make a donation, may call JK McAtee at 304-439-4605.