Mental health month events

North Country Community Mental Health is announcing May is Mental Health Month.

#4mind4body is this year’s theme for North Country’s May is Mental Health Month activities to draw attention to the importance of mental health to overall health and well-being.

“Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable,” said Christine Gebhard, Chief Executive Officer, North Country Community Mental Health. “A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also help people recover from these conditions.”

“This Mental Health Month, we are encouraging everyone to learn about steps they can take to protect their mental health and balance both mind and body. For example, humor, spirituality, recreation, animal companionship, and work-life balance are important for everyone, and may be of special importance to people also living with chronic health conditions and those who care for them,” Gebhard said.

North Country CMH has planned the following activities during the month of May:

  • Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 22nd Annual “Splash of Color” 5K Run/One Mile Walk at the Bayfront Park, Petoskey Waterfront Area. The run will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the walk at 10:10 a.m. This is a fundraiser for the North Country Consumer Council Special Needs Fund. There will be prizes and give-aways and fun “Splash of Color” paint throws! Cost is $20 per person, or $15 per person for groups of 4 or more. Register at or call 231-547-5885. You can also register the morning of the event from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Petoskey Waterfront.
  • Free Community Movies – North Country is partnering with area movie theatres to sponsor free showings of the movie, Ralph Breaks the Internet, for families in four communities on: May 7 – Petoskey Cinema, 4 pm; May 9 – Bellaire Cinema, 4 pm; May 11 – Charlevoix Cinema, 11 am; May 15 – Gaylord Cinema West, 4 pm. In Ralph Breaks the Internet, Ralph and Vanellope are lifelong best friends. Their lives couldn’t be more perfect, until Vanellope’s game, Sugar Rush, is broken and unplugged. Luckily, thanks to the newly installed WI-FI router in the arcade, Ralph and Vanellope now embark on an adventure to find a Sugar Rush steering wheel and save Vanellope’s game. Refreshments will be available for purchase and there will be door prizes. The North Country OBRA/Older Adult Services Program will host a viewing of the Lifetime movie, The Trip To Bountiful, on National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day May 9 at 12:30 p.m. at the Petoskey Friendship Center. The movie is about a woman who begrudgingly lives with her busy, overprotective son and pretentious daughter-in-law. She wishes for her freedom and “escapes” for a visit to her hometown, Bountiful. After the movie there will be a brief presentation about mental health and aging. In addition, there will be a free showing of the movie, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, at the Carnegie Building, Petoskey Public Library on May 29 at 7:30 p.m. After the one-hour film, there will be a discussion and Q&A session with members of the Emmet/Charlevoix Resilient & Trauma Informed Community Task Force.
  • Community Discussion and film preview – Coming Up For Air – May 8, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Boyne Mountain. North Country, along with local partners, is bringing a preview of the new Michigan-made family drama, Coming Up For Air, and planning a discussion of local issues and resources including panelists from North Country, law enforcement, Kiersten’s Ride, DHHS, Charlevoix-Emmet ISD, and the movie Producer Roger Rapoport. The focus will be on mental health and its effects on families. Coming Up For Air takes audiences on an all-too-common journey, highlighting the importance of mental health care and the pressures that are put upon teenagers to succeed. The movie premiers in theaters this fall.
  • PhotoVoice and Art Exhibitions – Community: Creating Connections art show will include PhotoVoice posters and artwork created by people with disabilities. PhotoVoice is a special project that has been used all over the world to give voice to people who are not usually heard in the community. Local people with disabilities have come together to discuss mental health issues and experiences and capture their feelings in words and pictures which they share with the community. The exhibition will be held at Charlevoix Public Library and Cheboygan Public Library during the month of May. In addition, artwork from the Bergmann Center will be displayed at Crooked Tree Arts Center Youth Exhibit through May 11. All exhibitions are free to the public.
  • Thursday, May 9, 2019 – People who receive services from North Country CMH will participate in the 15th statewide “Walk a Mile in My Shoes Rally” in Lansing from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the State Capitol. Michigan’s 46 Community Mental Health agencies are hosting the rally. A number of people from Petoskey Club and New Horizons Clubhouse will attend the event to help raise awareness among state legislators about mental health issues and to help combat the discrimination and prejudice associated with mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities and substance use disorders.  Eighty-three people who use CMH services, one from each county in the state, will deliver brief statements from the capitol steps about the status of the public mental health system in their counties.
  • A Day of Recovery Education sponsored by the Northern Michigan Regional Entity will be held at Gaylord Treetops on May 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. People who receive community mental health services are invited to attend. Register by calling 1-877-470-7139.

North Country Community Mental Health provides services to residents of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Kalkaska and Otsego Counties experiencing a serious mental illness, severe emotional problem, or intellectual/developmental disability, including individuals with a co-occurring substance use disorder. Persons wishing to know more about the organization are encouraged to visit or to access services call 877-470-7130.

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