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Therapeutic Thursday: Mindfulness (English)


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What is mindfulness? What techniques can one learn in creating a healthier lifestyle and reducing unnecessary stress? Find out and learn more with Dr. Lorraine Viade, Psy.D., at this event.

(Same program to be presented & discussed in Spanish on April 26 by same presenter)​

How Mental Health and Parks Intersect

Research has shown that there is a relationship between mental health and parks. The parks offer soothing and calming environments that reduce stress, lower blood pressure, relieve chronic pain, and improve sleep, while at the same time they enhance one’s overall emotional well-being. Parks have the ambience that allows people to look deep into themselves, to meditate, to ponder upon solutions for their problems, and to reconnect with nature and relations. Parks are the sanctuaries where one’s senses are awakened and nurtured.

With this in mind, LASHP requested the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to present a series of topics to park visitors every Thursday night. Professional mental health practitioners will give these presentations in English and Spanish free of charge. On the 5th Thursdays, volunteers from the Tzu Chi Foundation will facilitate various types of meditation.

This is a pilot project that USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work will evaluate. For more information, email Adrienne Cedro Hament at ahament@dmh.lacounty.gov or call (213) 739-4392.