City of Green Drug Task Force to Dedicate the Mindful Walk at Southgate Park on Sept. 10
GREEN, OH—Pause. Reflect. Breathe. Join the community of Green to pause, reflect and breathe on Saturday, September 10 at the dedication of Green’s Mindful Walk at 10 a.m. at Southgate Park, 5300 Massillon Road. The Mindful Walk, an initiative of the Green Drug Task Force Mental Health Committee and funded through a Summit County Suicide Prevention Coalition mini-grant, is a one-mile walk with 10 mindfulness stations to practice mindfulness and ease stress.
Dedication Ceremony @ 10 a.m.
The ceremony in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) will feature brief remarks from Mayor Gerard Neugebauer and Summit County ADM Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Doug Smith regarding the importance of mental health in our communities and how mindfulness and other stress relieving tactics such as a walk can positively impact our overall health. In addition, Eric Wolford, a student municipal representative on the Green Drug Task Force, will share how the mental health committee and students developed the Mindful Walk. And finally, Deneen Wittinger, a local yoga instructor, will share a guided breathing exercise prior to the ribbon cutting and walk.
Following the ceremony, attendees may walk at their own pace through the Mindful Walk or simply gather near the end of the walk for a 10-minute standing yoga session for those who wish to deepen their mindful practice.
Mindfulness is being aware of or bringing attention to this moment in time, deliberately and without judging the experience. The idea of mindfulness helps individuals to separate the here and now from the past of thoughts of the future. One component of mindfulness – focus -- concentrates on feelings of attentiveness and distractions. The mindfulness component of clarity can teach individuals how to redirect a wandering mind. Learning to be present in the moment rather than moving from one thought to another quickly is beneficial so that one can be mentally available and see clearly.
September is Suicide Prevention Month and 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Suicidal thoughts can negatively affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or social status. A person who is suicidal may feel that the pain they feel today is inescapable. Rather than being caught up in thoughts of the future or past, mindfulness ameliorates this through contact with psychological and environmental events in the moment. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.
988, launched in 2021, offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:
- Thoughts of suicide
- Mental health or substance use crisis, or
- Any other kind of emotion distress
People can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.
Parkers Trail Challenge Kick Off
The Mindful Walk dedication also kicks off our 2022 Parker’s Trail Challenge, the City’s hiking initiative open to all. The challenge runs from September 10 through October, challenging participants to walk eight designated trails in Green. Those who complete the challenge will receive a challenge patch and/or a hiking backpack (for first-time challengers).
City of Green Drug Task Force
The City of Green Drug Task Force is a committee made up of business leaders, elected officials, first responders, health care professionals, students, and community members dedicated to helping members of the community battling addiction and drug abuse. Recently the Drug Task Force has branched out to raise awareness about mental health and human trafficking issues in our community.
The Drug Task Force also provides resource guides, drug deactivation kits, and educational materials to community members. The Task Force meets every other month on the first Tuesday of the month. The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, September 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd. For more information, visit cityofgreen.org/drugtaskforce
The City of Green, Ohio, founded in 1992, is a prosperous, progressive, and promising city with more than 27, 475 residents. Approximately 33.5 square-miles, Green is located in southern Summit County. Visit www.cityofgreen.org.