The strategic objectives of the Morgan Gant Foundation are to help people maintain, understand, protect and recognize their mental health. The Foundation takes a holistic health approach, focusing on the prevention of mental health problems in the first instance. The Morgan Gant Foundation partners with programs and various groups who are supportive of individuals most at risk of mental ill health. This at risk population includes single mothers, adolescents, older people, children in care of parents with mental illness. The foundation aims to sustain its development through quality fundraising and excellent partners in the community to support services. In 2016, the CEO's described a main purpose of the Foundation as "support mainstream mental health as an issue that matters and educate through the example of mindfulness being the core of everything we become and feel".
Mental Health Tips:
1. Value yourself: Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, or broaden your horizons. Do a daily crossword puzzle, plant a garden, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument or become fluent in another language.
2. Take care of your body: Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to:
4. Give yourself: Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You'll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need — and it's a great way to meet new people.
5. Learn how to deal with stress: Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills: Try One-Minute Stress Strategies, do Tai Chi, exercise, take a nature walk, play with your pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.
6. Quiet your mind: Try meditating, Mindfulness and/or prayer. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy.
7. Set realistic goals: Decide what you want to achieve academically, professionally and personally, and write down the steps you need to realize your goals. Aim high, but be realistic and don't over-schedule. You'll enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress toward your goal.
8. Break up the monotony: Although our routines make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety, a little change of pace can perk up a tedious schedule. Alter your jogging route, plan a road-trip, take a walk in a different park, hang some new pictures or try a new restaurant.
9. Avoid alcohol and other drugs: Keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other drugs. Sometimes people use alcohol and other drugs to "self-medicate" but in reality, alcohol and other drugs only aggravate problems.
10. Get help when you need it: Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. And it is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and addiction and lead full, rewarding lives.
• D'lice Gourmet Popcorn
• Papa Johns Pizza
• Dominos Pizza
• Dr. Ernesto Graham
• Rima Arellano
• Andor Labs
• Mako Labs
• A Brighter Future Healthcare Inc.
• Bright Kids Fine Arts
• Pink Hearts CPR
• C Dreams Advertising & Marketing
• Walk for Mental Health TBA
• Easter Egg Hunt & Paint- Cancelled due to COVID
• Beats & Music for Mental Health Camp TBA
• Back to School
• Backpack/Supplies Drive (Aug. 2020)
• Fall Festival November-Family Fun for Everyone
• State Fair and Feed the Homeless Can Good Drive (Oct. 2020)
• Thanksgiving Baskets (Nov. 2020)
• Adopt a Family (Dec. 24, 2020)
• Warm the Block With Food and Socks (Dec. 21 2020)
Workshops TBA monthly
First Wednesday of each month. Small group counseling with reservations.