May is Mental Health Month

Schedule of Events
Lime Green Ribbon for Mental Helath
Event Date: 
Sunday, May 1, 2022 (All day) to Thursday, June 16, 2022 (All day)

Dr. Kathleen Wolf Discusses the Mental Health Benefits of Being in Nature
Monday, May 2, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - virtual event
This program is in partnership between Cary Library and Ashland Public Library.

Metro nature - including trees, parks, gardens, and natural areas - enhance quality of life in cities and towns. The experience of nature improves human health and well-being in many ways. Nearly 40 years of scientific studies tell us how. Join Dr. Kathleen Wolf, a research social scientist out of the University of Washington, as we discuss the mental health benefits we might experience if we spend more time in our green spaces.

About Dr. Wolf: As a social scientist she investigates people's perceptions and behaviors with regard to urban landscapes. Based on professional experiences early in Dr. Wolf's career - as an urban forester in South Florida and a landscape architect in the Midwest - Dr. Wolf  became interested in the interactions between human and ecological systems. Dr. Wolf's work is based on the principles of environmental psychology, and studies explore the human dimensions of open space, urban forestry and natural systems:
1. Nearby nature and human health benefits
2. Public preferences and perceptions regarding urban public landscapes
3. Developmental benefits associated with youth participation in urban greening work
Registration is required  

Art and Brain

Intergenerational Card-Making Workshop 
Community co-sponsored program in collaboration with Munroe Center for the Arts 
Wednesday, May 4, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. - In person event at the Munroe Center for the Arts 

Art has been known to help people improve their mental health.  Join with friends of all ages to create some springtime cards in a fun, creative atmosphere.  Participants will be provided with a range of different papers, stamps, paper punches, and templates for creating special occasion cards such as birthdays, Mother’s Day, and more.  The event is free, but registration is required. This program will take place at the Munroe Center for the Arts, 1403 Massachusetts Avenue. Find out more.

 Is It Just Sadness or Worry? Or Is It More? Symptoms, Cultural Considerations, and When To Seek Help
Photo of womaThursday, May 5, 2022, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - virtual event
Do you frequently feel sad and tired? Trouble sleeping or appetite changes? Is your mind racing with constant worries? Join our panel of experts for a discussion on common mental health problems.
Dr. Xuejing Li, Psychiatrist & Dr. Pratyusha Tummala-Narra, Clinical Psychologist 
Register here

 

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) - Suicide prevention training
Monday, May 9, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Wednesday, May 11, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Friday, May 13, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.- virtual events
To register email Anthony Serio, LCSW at aserio@lexingtonma.gov

In Our Own Voice: a mental health awareness presentation and conversation
Monday, May 16, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - virtual event
During this presentation, speakers with lived experience of a mental health condition will share their experiences and how they have found pathways to hope and healing. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about mental health conditions, and challenge misconceptions. 
This program is made possible by the generous donors to the Cary Library Foundation. 
In partnership with the Town of Lexington Human Services Department.
Register here

Nutrition Talk: Mental Health - Seniors 60+ come learn how proper nutrition can play a vital role in the treatment of mental health disorders. 
Barbara Collins, Registered Dietician Nutritionist
Friday, May 20, 11:00 a.m. - noon - In person event at the Lexington Community Center 
Register here 
(select Human Services Programs on the drop down menu) 

Improve Your Sleep, Improve Your Stress - Dr. Jessica Lipman 
DR. Jessica Wexler-Lipman
Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
In person event at the Lexington Community Center 

Join Dr. Jessica Lipman, local psychologist, to explore coping skills for improving sleep, stress, and challenging times.  This group will meet weekly for four consecutive weeks and will  work collaboratively to develop new strategies that are effective towards meeting your goals.  Enrollment is for all four sessions. Attendance at all is strongly encouraged. Register here (select Human Services Programs on the drop down menu) or call 781-698-4840 starting April 20, 2022. Open to Lexington residents only.

Jessica Wexler Lipman, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist in practice in Lexington, MA. She has over 20 years of experience providing Psychotherapy, Coaching and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to adults, with a particular area of expertise in anxiety disorders, insomnia, and creating healthy relationships. 

Dr. Anastasia Galanopoulos Gut Health = Mental Health - virtual event
Thursday, May 19, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
There is constant communication that occurs between our gut and brain and that communication is affected by stressors in our lives. Understanding this crucial relationship can empower us to make positive changes in our mental health and has implications. Join Dr. Galanopoulos as she explains the connection between gut health and mental health. Register here (select Human Services Programs on the drop down menu) or call 781-698-4840 starting April 20, 2022.

Food = Medicine - follow up to Gut Health = Mental Health
Thursday, June 16, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. – virtual event
If you want to learn how to cook simple, quick, and nutrient-dense dishes based on the Mediterranean Diet for overall health and positive mood, join Dr. Anastasia Galanopoulos, Ph.D., as a follow up to Gut Health = Mental Health. Register here (select Human Services Programs on the drop down menu) or call 781-698-4840 starting April 20, 2022.

Dr. Galanopoulos has more than 25 years of experience as a professor, facilitator, consultant, and coach and holds a Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. She uses a culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed lens to focus her work with clients on strengthening relationships and cooking for mental health in both preventative and therapeutic ways. Her private practice, Galanopoulos Education & Training, is located in Lexington, MA.