Sedona AZ (May 1, 2018) – The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is partnering with McLean Meditation Institute, Spectrum Healthcare and Sedona International City of Peace to launch “Meditation Monday” beginning on May 7 and continuing every Monday until October 29. The community meditation will be from 5:30pm-6:30pm at The Pavilion at Posse Grounds Park and will be led by a member of the partner organizations. The kick-off on May 7 will be led by Sarah McLean of McLean Meditation Institute. The gathering is free; bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the meditation hour.
According to Mental Health America, founded in 1909 and the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans says, “Meditation-which comes in many variations-has long been acknowledged as a tool to master the mind and cope with stress. Science is increasingly validating those claims, especially for depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).”
Michael McGee, MD, in an online article in the journal Psychiatry, states that, “Many have suggested that meditation may enhance mental health. Literally millions of people over the past 2,000 years have come to this conclusion on the basis of their personal experiences. In recent decades, many authors have explored the use of meditation in psychotherapy. The consensus is that meditation may promote the diminishment of psychiatric illness, character change, and the resolution of neurosis when used adjunctively with psychodynamically oriented and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy.”
According to Barbara Litrell, President of the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley, “We see the statistics on the rising number of people, including children and teens, suffering anxiety, depression, and other forms of emotional stress. The goal of Meditation Monday is to provide a safe space for our community members to learn and practice meditation as a tool for coping with the many stress inducers that damage our physical and mental well being.”
The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is an all volunteer 501C3 non-profit whose mission is to build support and eliminate the stigma for individuals and families challenged by mental health issues through education, outreach, advocacy, community conversations and support services. For more information, contact Barbara Litrell 649-0135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.