Mayor's Wellness Challenge



   A free community activity every month 
of the year!

The 2018 Mayor's Wellness Challenge will focus on increasing 

community awareness and conversation about mental health. 

Join us at one of our free monthly events highlighting 

this important topic.


Bethany Covenant Community Garden Tour
1318 S. 18th Street
Tuesday, August 14
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Bethany Covenant Community Garden

Bethany Community Garden is now in its 12th year! Come take a look as we hear a short history of the garden, learn about garden goals and what is done to achieve them, and take a tour of the garden itself, which is run by volunteers of all ages and produces about 5,000 pounds of produce, with half delivered to community and needy families through weekly "care" packages.

Gardening: Did you know gardening is proven to help relieve stress and increase mental wellness? Exposure to soil, sunlight and nature stimulates the release of neurotransmitters that help to reduce anxiety and depression. There is also an exercise benefit as digging, planting, weeding, and other repetitive tasks that require strength or stretching are excellent forms of low-impact exercise, especially for people who find more vigorous exercise a challenge.

Volunteering: Helping others not only benefits those being served but also has mental and physical health benefits for those volunteering their time. Studies have shown that volunteering helps people feel more socially connected, thus warding off loneliness and depression. It also gives a sense of purpose, helps in staying physically and mentally active, reduce stress, can bring a sense of belonging, improve self-esteem, and help us to keep things in perspective.

Mental Health America (MHA) - founded in 1909 - is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.  

Mental Health America Website


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