In commemoration of May as “Mental Health Awareness Month,” WXHC is running a special weekly segment featuring input and advice from local professionals in Cortland County:
Patricia Schaap is the mental health department’s Single Point of Access (SPOA) coordinator and director of Youth Prevention Services.
She led off this month’s series with a discussion this morning on the unique ways her department is celebrating the month, in light of the current social restrictions caused by COVID-19.
One of those opportunities is set for this Thursday (May 8), where members of the community are invited to join in on #BringingLightToMentalHealth by turning on a porch light or igniting a candle around 7:30 pm.
A moment of darkness will then be observed at 8 pm by shutting off all lights and devices in your home for a minute.
Be sure to tune into the rest of this month’s Mental Health Awareness Month segments, airing each Monday after the 9:00 local news.
“Traditionally in May, the Mental Health Association has partnered with many local agencies to provide an annual community walk – which is during a lunch – and a community dinner with guest speakers,” Schaap said. “We know with COVID-19 this won’t be possible, so the MHA is trying to think out-of-the-box on different ways to promote mental health awareness.”
PRESS PLAY BELOW to listen to the interview with Schaap: