Free holistic workshops, entertainment and health screenings geared for the body, mind and soul. Wellness fair is held on May 26.
Leimert Park will celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month during Memorial Day weekend with the “Each Mind Matters In Leimert” Wellness Fair, which is a free, public event. Produced by multimedia company Transmedia 360°, the fair is sponsored in part by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and the Leimert Park Neighborhood Council.
Each Mind Matters is California's mental health movement, which unites hundreds of organizations and millions of individuals to create a California where mental health is a priority and each mind truly matters.
Leimert Park will join in the movement by offering a day of free holistic workshops, empowering discussions, support groups, health screenings as well as fun entertainment, healthy food trucks and children’s activities on Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Live stage performances such as; reggae, neo soul, pop, jazz and R&B will be held on People Street in front of the Vision Theater.
The fair’s workshops and discussions will take place inside some local businesses within a block’s radius. The Barbara Morrison Jazz & Blues Museum will present a disability workshop on overcoming mental challenges, which will be hosted by Morrison, who will also grace the outdoor stage with a vocal performance.
The WE CAN Foundation will host a Veteran’s PTSD group. Next door, the newly opened Hot and Cool Café will offer a workshop on healing with herbal teas.
Martial arts dojo Youth N’ Motion will present free self-defense, Tai Chi, and Yoga classes.
The Spanish holistic health organization, Mujeres De Maiz, will present a workshop on relieving stress with herbal remedies for both the English and Hispanic communities.
There will be plenty of giveaways including a complimentary meal for participants who partake in at least three activities at the event.
The event’s organizer, Nina Womack of Transmedia 360° said, “I decided to organize this event to help raise mental health awareness and provide alternative health solutions to the community. After overcoming my own psychological trauma from childhood sexual and physical abuse through natural healing methods without medications, my mission is to promote natural wellness to underserved communities. Thanks to the Department of Mental Health’s grant and other support, we’re able to offer this event that will truly benefit residents and help them take care of themselves and their families.”
Local business partners providing services include: Black Women For Wellness is offering diabetes screenings and program information; NAMI Urban LA will offer family support group sessions; Community Build will provide gang prevention information; Lumos Transforms will offer stress reduction workshops; the Department of Mental Health will provide free community resources and giveaways; homeless agencies will be present to provide resources for housing and more; and media partner The Los Angeles Standard Newspaper will offer a free photography class.