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Jackson County Fair - July 2021
Collaboration between Purdue Extension of Jackson County and Mental Health America of Jackson County hosted a mental health awareness event at this year's Jackson County Fair. The event was called “Project AMH” (Project Advocate for Mental Health). We promoted local resources, national hotlines, programs within the school systems, and the different coalitions in Jackson County working with mental health. We also strived educating the public on active steps the community is taking to help address mental health concerns. The goal Project AMH was to start a constructive conversation of mental health in our community.
The purpose of this project was to engage the community with a “word wall”. A banner with the words "I MATTER" was displayed providing people with the opportunity to write affirmations on mini post-it notes and put it in the letters on the banner. The first-person point of view is meant to help start positive internal dialogue that is so important with mental health.
A pamphlet was available providing a lot of information including screening tools, hotlines, local organizations that provide mental health services, what our community is doing, and what you can do.
Project AMH took place on Monday, July 26, 2021 in front of the 4-H building (Farm Bureau rain location).
Elizabeth Lenart, the Health and Human Sciences Intern for Purdue Extension of Jackson County, facilitated this project. She is a rising junior at Purdue University majoring in public health. At school, she is passionate about advocating for mental health and working to remove the stigma associated with getting help.
Spa Gift Baskets
Our Spa Gift Baskets include items such as coloring materials, games, snacks, hygiene items, and more. Due to COVID-19, MHAJC has not been able to hold social events; therefore, the gift baskets were delivered to group homes in Jackson County as a reminder of how much they mean us.