Health FairsMHAJC is a willing participant in all area health fairs. This year a presentation booth was available during the Annual Disability Fair held at the American Legion in Seymour, the Jackson County Fair in Brownstown, and various Schneck Medical Center Health Fairs.
Our goal is to educate the public to the wide variety of mental disorders and how they affect the individual, the family, and the workplace of those with these conditions. Recognizing and understanding the needs of those with mental illnesses is the first step in helping them achieve a more balanced life.
We have found health fairs to be a welcomed opportunity to meet and interact with the public as they search for more information. Most every family will at some point encounter a loved one that will suffer from some sort of reduced mental ability. This may surface as they struggle to make good decisions about their life and the well being of themselves or their family. These issues may be fleeting and last only a few days or they could be more severe bringing everyone involved into a stressful state because of a lack of understanding.
Our participation at health fairs includes a small thank you gift to the public that is printed with our organization's name and contact information. We will also provide a rack of free mini brochures on a wide variety of topics for both children and adults.
Other information available includes our "Iím Thumbody Special" program and suicide prevention programs. "Iím Thumbody Special" encourages self confidence and acceptance of others aimed at children ages 4-8, and our Suicide Prevention program is aimed towards teens and adults.
If you are involved in the scheduling of organizations for a health fair in your neighborhood, please contact us. We would appreciate the opportunity to educate the public on the many aspects of mental illnesses, and we may be able to refer those with specific questions to a health professional they can contact for treatment.