Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: Wellness Fair at Recreation Park

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health fair mental health monthApproximately one out of every four Americans suffer with some form of a mental health challenge in their lifetime.  It is important to recognize that we all may know someone who has this struggle, and that there are resources to help.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and the Long Beach Health Department is preparing for “Healthy Mind, Healthy Body”, a community health and wellness fair on Saturday, May 22.

The Healthy Mind, Healthy Body event is open to the public and free of charge.  The wellness fair will provide information and resources on maintaining mental health and wellness, and will feature health information booths, education, entertainment, resources, outreach, and interactive opportunities for the public.

Mental Health advocacy, support and anti-stigma information will be available at this event along with special presentations by 54th District Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, Long Beach First Lady Nancy Foster, and Health Department Director Ronald Arias.

In addition to staff and programs from the Health Department, community partners co-hosting this event include the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, the Veterans Administration and Medical Center of Long Beach, The Children’s Clinic, the National Alliance for Mental Illness-Long Beach Chapter, Mental Health America-Village Integrated Service Agency, Community Hospital of Long Beach, the Center for Families and Youth, Total Family Support Clinic, the United States Veteran’s Initiative as well as other interested community resources and mental health advocates.

“Healthy Mind/Healthy Body is an opportunity for our community to see what resources are available to address mental health problems.  Anytime that I am able to share with others that I struggled and overcame mental health problems, I feel that this brings hope to others to take care of their health,” First Lady Nancy Foster said.

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22 at Recreation Park, 4900 E. 7th St., in Long Beach. For more information about the wellness fair, contact Patti LaPlace, Mental Health Coordinator, at or at 562.216.1966.

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body is sponsored by the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) in partnership with many community organizations.

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