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Mental Health Awareness Day
May 7, 2023
Join us at Pretend City Children’s Museum on Sunday, May 7th as we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Day! It promises to be a day full of fun, learning, and valuable resources for families.
Art (all day):
Exploration No. 1> Deep Breaths
Exploration No. 2> Practice mindfulness!
Exploration No. 3 (Sensory Table)> Explore!
Story Time (TIMES: 11am & 2:30pm)
The Power of Piggie Bear read by Author Mara James
About the play partner: Mara James from the Extrodinary Lives Foundation (ELF) will be coming into our space to provide a story time experience and activities to follow. The Extraordinary Lives Foundation’s (ELF) mission is to improve children’s mental health and wellness and support families by providing educational tools, resources and awareness events. We encourage families to recognize symptoms, overcome the stigma and reach out for help. Through prevention, early intervention and holistic treatment, we believe many of the big problems facing today’s youth can be transformed within a generation. Our goal is to destigmatize mental health challenges and to increase awareness to normalize conversation and encourage families to reach out.
Be Well OC is working to make Orange County the happiest and healthiest community in the United States- and that starts with a world-class mental health care system. The mission is to make compassionate mental health care more accessible for our community! Be Well OC will be at Pretend City to offer resources and guidance in mental health support to you and your family!
Stephanie Hoi-Nga Wong is a well-being coach who specializes in supporting parents, educators, and care-providers in navigating stress, recovering from burnout, and enhancing their overall wellbein tephanie believes that this demographic needs just as much support as children because their stress levels can impact not only their own mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing, but also the healthy growth of the children they care for. Stephanie provides customized plans using body-mind techniques and trauma-informed, compassionate approaches that promote safety, healing and personal empowerment. The ultimate goal is to foster a deeper, stronger, and more loving bond between parent and child, so that they can both build resilience and confidence, leading to a thriving relationship.
Previously, Stephanie worked as a journalist for almost 20 years, reporting from major global cities for media groups such as Bloomberg News. She transitioned to her current career after a family illness that overturned her life which led to burnout.
Start Well’s mission is to support ECE providers and families to ensure they are skilled and competent in providing a nurturing environment focused on social and emotional well-being and behavioral health of all children. They will have resources and consultants ready to talk with you about your families needs!
Dr. Jenny Woo is a Harvard-trained educator, TEDx speaker on motherhood, and the Founder/CEO of Mind Brain Parenting (http://mindbrainemotion.com). She is the creator of award-winning card games and courses to help children and adults build emotional intelligence, practical life skills, and social skills. Her bestselling card games — 52 Essential Coping Skills and 52 Essential Life Skills — have been featured by Harvard University, UC Irvine, and Forbes. Dr. Woo is an Irvine mom of 3 (singleton and twins).