A seniors’ conference on mental health takes place in Richmond Co. Saturday.
Dawn Ostrem, Mind-Body-Spirit coordinator, says they’re hosting Feeding the Soul to raise awareness of mental health week.
Ostrem told The Hawk Morning Show Feeding the Soul will focus on some important issues.
“Its main purpose is to address building social connections among seniors in our region,” she said. “That is proven to be one of the best ways to address mental health and addiction issues.”
Ostrem says mental health issues aren’t necessarily something you can see, but they affect everyone.
“We all look at our physical health- ‘Do you have a cold today? How are you doing?’, but everybody’s got mental health as well,” she said. “You don’t necessarily need to have a mental health issue to be part of this conference; this is about maintaining everyday mental health- some days are better than others for everybody.”
Ostrem said the conference features a number of mental health workshops, including adjusting to change, coping with illness, and you are what you eat.
It runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Richmond Education Centre/Academy in Louisdale.