2nd Annual May Mental Health Awareness Bowling Event
Bowl to Remove Stigma & Bring Awareness 2023 Annual Event
2023 THEME: Mental Health and Our Faith
Studies have shown that activities like bowling prompt the brain to release endorphins, which can improve your mood and reduce stress levels; in addition to lowering hypertension and blood pressure and decreasing stress levels. Bowling is a social activity that encourages positive social connection. While intermingling with others this allows you to keep your body in motion, which helps to work through problems or stressors physically and mentally. Bowling not only helps to relax your muscles, but it also puts your mind at ease and promotes the release of additional endorphins.
RTS annual bowling event fundraiser Bowl to Remove Stigma and Bring Awareness which takes place during May Mental Health Awareness Month is a way to bring communities together in an atmosphere of fun, and education to bring awareness and remove stigma, discrimination, and shame which is sometimes associated with mental illness. “Mental health and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups” (SAMHSA). Bringing awareness and education helps to remove the stigma and promote treatment and healthy recovery.
The 2023 Bowling event included, three hours of unlimited bowling, resource tables from various organizations throughout Ohio, the popular 360 Photobooth, Balloon Twister, Face Painting, Door Prizes, Over 25 raffle items, and a great tasty taco stand all for the price of $25.00. The event concluded with the mental health awareness presentation with, speaker, Richanda Jackson-Keynote speaker, from the ADAMHDS Board of Cuyahoga County who spoke on the importance of stigma reduction in suicide prevention, and Keynote speaker, Dr. Stephanie Ford of Psychology of The Western Reserve, who addressed Mental Health and Our Faith. Both presentations have soon been the talk of many communities and have warned for more insight on destigmatizing suicide awareness and one's Faith and Mental Health.