awareness, understanding, mindfulness.
Project Mindfulness is Free Your Mind’s signature event. We host one Project Mindfulness per year, usually in late summer. The goals of Project Mindfulness are threefold. This event aims to encourage mental health literacy among the general public, start conversations about mental health, and highlight self-care tricks that anyone could practice at home.
To encourage mental health literacy, a professional from an external charity holds workshops where people actively participate in mental health education. In general, these workshops cover the basics of what mental health is, what common mental health complications might look like, and how someone can be there for both themselves and for others. The education sessions are always delivered by registered mental health organizations. They are always interactive, engaging, and accessible.
To encourage dialogue, mental health support from the Calgary area set up booths to showcase available resources. Project Mindfulness is a safe space where the booth representatives, youth volunteers, and organizers all speak about emotional wellness. We create an atmosphere where openness is encouraged, and where participants can share their own stories without judgement.
Finally, Project Mindfulness encourages self-care by showcasing a variety of family-friendly activities. They generally include beginner-friendly yoga, an arts station, and a selection of board games. We encourage everyone to take a step back from the hectic pace of our modern lifestyles, appreciate our sources of support, and to unwind with our friends and families. If nothing else, Project Mindfulness is a place where folks of all backgrounds can take a well-deserved break.