Published DateLACONIA — ay is Mental Health Month, and Genesis Behavioral Health will host two community forums to recognize the importance of mental health to overall health. The theme of this year's event is "Pathways to Wellness." The public is invited to learn about wellness initiatives at Genesis, understand the challenges ahead, and provide feedback.
A forum in Laconia is scheduled for Monday, May 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Taylor Community, Woodside Building. Dr. Sarah Pratt of The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth will provide the keynote address.
A second forum will be held in Plymouth on Thursday, May 23 from 5-7 p.m. at Plymouth State University, Heritage Commons,
Samuel Read Hall. Ken Jue, creator and founder of the InSHAPE program, is the keynote speaker.
"Mental health is an essential component of overall health," said Maggie Pritchard, Executive Director of Genesis Behavioral Health, "We've really increased our focus on wellness over the past year by implementing programs such as Healthy Choices, Healthy Changes for clients, providing wellness incentives and programs for employees, and continuing our partnerships with primary care providers to ensure our community has healthy minds as well as healthy bodies."
Genesis Behavioral Health is the Lakes Region's community mental health center, serving Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. A private, non-profit organization, Genesis Behavioral Health serves over 3,000 children, families, adults and seniors each year. For more information, call 603-524-1100 or visit www.genesisbh.org.