The public can participate in several events scheduled for Mental Health Awareness Month in May, according to the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
“This year, we hope to engage with all five cities in our county and branch out to new partners,” NAMI—Wood River Valley Executive Director Christina Cernansky said.
In addition to the events, local governments in Blaine County will announce a government proclamation to support mental-health awareness throughout the month, NAMI stated.
The first event will take place on Wednesday, May 15. A presentation on Mental Health 101 in the workplace is open to employers, big and small, to learn about what mental-health challenges look like, what they can do as a supervisor or manager and what resources are available. The event is being sponsored in partnership with The Chamber and the Ketchum Innovation Center. The free event with lunch will take place at noon at the KIC on Sixth Street in Ketchum.
On Saturday, May 18, groups and individuals can join together to participate in “Biking for Mental Wellness, a StigmaFree Ride event.” The family-friendly bike ride will begin at the YMCA in Ketchum or the BCRD in Hailey at 9 a.m. and the route will follow the BCRD trail, with suggested stops at the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens, the city of Hailey ArborFest at McKercher Park and the Home & Garden Show at Campion Ice House.
“NAMI encourages business, faith, government, and nonprofit leaders to utilize this ride as a way to communicate with members of their organization the importance of creating a culture free of stigma,” NAMI stated.