The Town of Natick as part of National Mental Health Awareness Month will sponsor a series of events and activities throughout May to promote positive mental health and to connect community members with valuable resources.
“It is important that we normalize community conversations about mental health in order to combat the stigma that has historically been a barrier to people seeking support,” said Jamie Errickson, Natick Town Administrator.
What’s going on
Virtual and in-person events: In addition to virtual mental health awareness events during the month (a mental health literacy webinar presented by Senate Senate President Karen Spilka on May 8, 7pm, and a “Youth Mental Health” webinar on May 17, 6:30-7:30pm), there will be in-person informational opportunities at the Natick Farmer’s Market on May 13, and a suicide prevention training seminar at the Morse Institute Library on May 24, 6pm-8pm. Registration information for these events here.
Shining a light: Look for Town buildings to be lit up at night in green, the international symbol of mental health awareness. Green signifies new life, new growth, and new beginnings.
A banner event: A mental health awareness banner will hang over North Main Street in downtown Natick in mid-May.
Wearing of the green: Don’t be surprised if you’re gifted with a green ribbon at the Farmer’s Market, the library, or other places around town. Wear yours with pride, compassion, and as a signifier that mental health should be prioritized, not stigmatized.
It takes a village—partner departments and organizations
- Morse Institute Library
- Natick Natick Community Senior Center
- Natick Fire Department
- Natick Health Department
- Natick 180
- Natick Police Department
- Natick Public Schools
- Natick Public Works Department
- Town of Natick
- Natick Recreation and Parks
- Bacon Free Library
- SPARK Kindness
- Natick Center Cultural District
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