Learn about Mental Health Month at these upcoming events in the Charlotte region:

• May 2, Drumming Circle, Charlotte: Drum circles follow an ancient tradition of bringing people together. Drumming can be a wonderful outlet for handling stress for patients, family and friends. All ages welcome for the free event. Drums provided; no musical experience needed. Event takes place from 7-8 p.m. at Novant Health Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center, 242 S. Colonial Ave., Charlotte. Details: 704-384-5223.

• May 3, Grief support: Novant Health will hold a session called Bereavement Support Group: Any Type of Grief from 10-11 a.m. May 3 at Novant Health Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center, 242 S. Colonial Ave., Charlotte. Details: 704-384-5223

• May 6, Mind-Body healing techniques: A class that focuses on mind-body healing, called Advanced Techniques: Mind Body Techniques to Enhance Healing, will begin meeting May 6. The 16-week course is presented in eight-week blocks. New participants are invited to join at the beginning of each block. The free class teaches skills and techniques to help facilitate healing and pain management, led by Mary Bobis. In May, the class will meet from 7-9 p.m. Mondays at Novant Health Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center, 242 S. Colonial Ave., Charlotte. Details: 704-384-5223.

• May 17, Grief support: Novant Health will hold a session called
Bereavement Support Group: Any Type of Grief from 10-11 a.m. May 3 at Novant Health Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center, 242 S. Colonial Ave., Charlotte. Details: 704-384-5223

May 13, The eighth annual Mental Health Awareness Swing for Wellness Memorial Golf Classic, Mint Hill: The tournament takes place at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation to benefit the Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas, Inc. The event is a memorial for those who have lost their lives to suicide. Details: mha@mhacentralcarolinas.org or mhacentralcarolinas.org.

May 23, One Cup at A Time, Charlotte: Come join a teatime conversation about mental health at Hope Haven, 3815 N. Tryon St. 10 a.m.-noon. You can learn more or RSVP to this event by emailing Perry Griffin at pgriffin@mhacentralcarolinas.org.

 

Ongoing events

• Deep Relaxation and Mindfulness: Promote personal well-being by learning techniques to help quiet your mind and experience deep relaxation. This meeting is held Mondays at 2:30 p.m. at Levine Cancer Institute, 1021 Morehead Medical Drive. For more information, call the Survivorship Department at 980-442-2000 or register online at www.carolinashealthcare.org.

• Advocacy Workshops: The Mental Health Awareness Association of Central Carolinas, Inc. has developed free training for mental health consumers and providers as well as a open forum to share stories with state legislators, county commissioners and other politicians who have the power to improve the Mental Health system in our state. The series is called “Creating a Ripple of Hope: Telling Your Story and Inspiring Change.” Call 704-365-3454 or email mha@mhacentralcarolinas.org for more information.

• Mental Health First Aid: The 12-hour course prepares members of the public to provide Mental Health First Aid to those in need. This course is delivered by certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructors on the Mental Health Association staff.  Sessions will be Fridays in May from 8:30 a.m.-noon in Charlotte at a location to be announced. Visit www.mhacentralcarolinas.org for more details.

Want to know more?

Find more events involving mental health happening across the state on the the Mental Health Association of the Central Carolinas, Inc. website, www.mhacentralcarolinas.org.