Local Fun Day promotes mental health
Star - 6/25/2019
Jun. 25--Squeals of delight and screams of laughter filled the air at the Connect Cleveland Fun Day.
The Fun Day was a collaborative effort by multiple agencies in the county to bring different people from all walks of life together and work on their mental health, said organizer Melodie McSwain.
"Our big goal is to promote mental health," she said.
The morning got off to a little late start with the set-up, but soon things were in full swing as Shelby City Park camp groups and community members gathered to enjoy free activities and learn more about the importance of mental health.
Dozens of people participated in morning and afternoon events made possible by the Cleveland Adult Partnership. The group is a collaborative of community members that work together to address mental health and social needs in the community, said McSwain.
"A lot of people don't recognize mental health as a need," McSwain said.
Mental health is something everyone has to deal with, McSwain said. The partnership decided a free Fun Day was the best way to give everyone in the family a way to relax and decompress a bit.
To help stimulate nurturing thoughts a "What Brings Me Joy" wall was constructed on the wall of the carousel. Words like flowers, sunshine, food and family littered the board.
Young and old alike also took advantage of free carousel rides throughout the day.
Shelby Police Department officers provided their grilling expertise by cooking hot dogs for lunch.
Music could be heard intermixed with the sounds of the crowd. The Essential Music Medicine Show offered a way of healing with the power of music.
People gathered around as members of the group would stop and talk with them about how certain music can be medicine for the brain.
For a Monday event, McSwain was happy for the strong turn-out.
Joyce Orlando can be reached at 704-669-3341 or find her on Twitter @Star_J_Orlando.
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