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26 April 2016   West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 1-May 20th:

The 3rd Annual Coloring Contest for Children is happening in collaboration with the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation, The Prescott Daily Courier and the Prescott Gateway Mall. Prizes are awarded in three age ranges and include cash and prizes from: Wet N' Wild, National Bank, Jarz of Clay, JCPenney, Freedom Station, Culver's and The Wildflower Bread Company. The coloring sheets may be downloaded here and turned into Prescott Gateway Mall.

May 2nd:

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation for Mental Health Awareness Month. Come in to the Chipotle at 351 N Montezuma St in Prescott between 4-8pm. Tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated. The donations will benefit the Senior Peer Prevention Program. This program focuses on matching trained peer volunteers with seniors requiring services. Difficulties with isolation, chronic health conditions, stress, loss of a spouse, and financial challenges are common among seniors. Services provided include confidential support groups, one-on-one individualized support, educational presentations, and resource/referral for seniors seeking elder-specific information. The WYGC Foundation funds this program to cultivate the emotional health and wellness of adults over 60 so they may live the latter part of their lives to the fullest.

May 4th:

The Howling Coyote Tour is doing a West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation benefit show (only show in Prescott before the summer tour) from 6-9pm at the Granite Mountain Brewing Co. This marks the Howling Coyote Tour's 11th Year Anniversary and the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic's 50th Year Anniversary. Founder of the Howling Coyote Tour, Jim Sobo, said, "this is a great time to celebrate for a cause I'm passionate about, mental health!" Sobo, works in the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic's vocational rehabilitation program, Opportunity Knocks, when he is not performing and writing music. This three hour showcase is a non-stop FREE musical experience every acoustic singer-songwriter fan should not miss! Donations are accepted to support the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation. Check out artists tracks, press links, and youTube at - www.howlingcoyotetour.com!

May 6th:

The Prescott Valley Public Library and West Yavapai Guidance Clinic will be presenting Eating Disorders 101 from 4-5:30pmath the Prescott Valley Public Library Crystal Room. Susan Cosgrove, FPMHNP-BC, will discuss the types of eating disorders, introduce various treatment options and enlarge our understanding of the importance of body image to dietary disorders. This FREE workshop presentation is for adults/parents, teen and mature pre-teens.

May 12th:

Film Screening of Unsound by AZ writer and director, Darious Britt from 7-9pm at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Davis Learning Center. The film is about an ambitious, young filmmaker who must battle his mother's mental illness and his worst fears to save her from herself and reclaim his life. Don't miss question and answers with the director and a local mental health expert. Unsound is the winner of several film festival awards.

May 18th:

Prescription Medications and the Older Adult will be presented at 11-12pm at Samaritan Towers by Terri Roza, Director of the Senior Peer Prevention Program.

May 19th:

Mental Health First Aid from 8am-5pm in Prescott Valley. Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based program which uses role playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis, select interventions and provide initial help. The training also addresses the risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and substance use disorders. Participants in the 8-hour class will receive a booklet on Mental Health First Aid and a certificate naming them a mental health first aider. The trainers are certified and experienced in providing this educational opportunity. Mental Health First Aid Classes are free and are based on an international program designed to help individuals, first responders, family members and others to understand mental illness and how to help persons suffering from various disorders. Space is limited so advance registration is required. Call Laura Norman at 928-445-5211 ext 3615, or email L.Norman@wygc.org.

May 21st:

Celebrate Life Event from 10am-2pm at the Prescott Gateway Mall. This event is FREE for the whole family and all about health care! Make sure to stop by the Mental Health Care Neighborhood to learn more about keeping healthy. Other neighborhoods inlcude a Kids Health Neighborhood, Job Health Neighborhood, Spine Health Neighborhood, Healthy Heart Neighborhood and more. So many things to see and do for the entire family! Sponsored by the Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

May 26th:

Mental Health First Aid from 8am-5pm in Prescott Valley. Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based program which uses roleplaying and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis, select interventions and provide initial help. The training also addresses the risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and substance use disorders. Participants in the 8-hour class will receive a booklet on Mental Health First Aid and a certificate naming them a mental health first aider. The trainers are certified and experienced in providing this educational opportunity. Mental Health First Aid Classes are free and are based on an international program designed to help individuals, first responders, family members and others to understand mental illness and how to help persons suffering from various disorders. Space is limited so advance registration is required. Call Laura Norman at 928-445-5211 ext 3615, or email L.Norman@wygc.org.

About WYGC Foundation

Since 1966, the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic (WYGC) has been meeting needs in the local community by offering mental health, crisis and addiction services. Established by visionary volunteers in the Prescott area, the founding Board saw a community where all health care needs could be met. Then in 1986, the related but separate WYGC Foundation was created to support current WYGC program and pursue new initiatives which continue to serve our community. The 501(c)3 WYGC Foundation supports the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic by raising funds that make a critical difference within our community and increase the awareness of local a behavioral and health issues. Over the last year, some 7,000 people were treated in West Yavapai Guidance Clinic programs.

"Ask me about giving to the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation. Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change." Barbara Mikulski

The mission of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation is to support the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic by raising funds and awareness to make a critical difference in mental health outcomes within our community. Our vision is that mental health services are provided to anyone in our community who needs them.

ADVANCING MENTAL WELL-BEING, TRANSFORMING LIVES