What we're about
We're All About Wellness In San Jose and working to feel good!
Are you interested in participating in activities that stimulate your mind, body, and soul? That increase your serotonin and release endorphins? Like engaging in physical exercise and enjoying a day in the sun? Or simply just smiling and eating foods you enjoy? This meetup's goal is to creatively stimulate mental and emotional wellness. Whether it's by taking a stroll in the park on a sunny day or walking/running in a 5K mental wellness fundraiser. Or acting out Heads Up with a new group of friends while enjoying fresh pasta and homemade cookies or participating in a 6 week TRE (trauma releasing exercise) class.
About your Organizer:
For as long as I can remember I've been involved in my community in unique and sometimes unusual ways. My twins at 7 years old and I had a clown entertainment business called Chocolate Chip & The Kisses. In addition to performing at children's parties we provided free services at malls, parades, and more. I've also volunteered at homeless organizations, taught CPR and First Aid classes for the Red Cross and the American Heart Association, and was a Pack Cub master for all 3 of my son's cub scout groups. I realized as I got a little older and primarily for health reasons I had to slow down ;)... I began working with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) about 4 years ago facilitating classes and working part time in a Behavioral Health Unit mentoring inpatients and sharing details of NAMI programs. In the last few years I founded a neighborhood association. Within out first year I was the recipient of the District Councilmember's 2016 community leader of the year award for coordinating and hosting many neighborhood events like an annual Multicultural Celebration, Goodwill Donation drive, and monthly cleanups to help better the community. I've hosted additional events, in conjunction with this Meetup (formerly known as San Jose Mental & Emotional Wellness Meetup). We've held fundraising barbecues, a dinner on Thanksgiving day, and a brunch on Christmas day for individuals and families that may have a difficult time during the holidays or have no one to spend those special days with, like myself (I have bipolar disorder). Or they just feel like getting to know and being a part of something that could be new to them; their community.
Just recently I was honored to receive the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board Consumer Community Hero award, for my work in my community and "providing hope and inspiration" to others with mental health challenges.