Advertisement

MINDfest seeks to bring people together to heal

Bookmark this
13 September, 2019 By Lara Jo Hightower

A festival designed to raise awareness and decrease stigma around mental illness is returning for its second year, says co-organizer Nichole Gutierrez. MINDfest will be held on Saturday at Shiloh Square in downtown Springdale.

"The goal is to provide the community with one place to come and find resources for mental health needs," says Gutierrez. "Most of the people who provide mental health help in the Northwest Arkansas area will be there, and we also have a lot of area nonprofits who will be attending."

 

FAQ

MINDfest NWA

WHEN — 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE — Shiloh Square pavilion, 106 W. Emma Ave. in Springdale

COST — Free

INFO — mindcoalition.org

 

 

Gutierrez says she and her co-organizer, Richard Lally, got the inspiration for the event from a similar one held in Little Rock in 2017, sponsored by the Mind Coalition.

According to their website, the Mind Coalition "is working to integrate local organizations across all areas of mental health to better serve people in the Arkansas community. In doing so, we hope to help individuals suffering from mental illness get access to the specific care they need while educating the community on how to promote and maintain better mental health."

Gutierrez says last year's Northwest Arkansas event was planned in too short an amount of time to allow for much publicity, but, still, the turnout was good -- she estimates about 200 people were in attendance, with approximately 25 vendor booths. Gutierrez says she hopes attendance will increase this year because educating the general public about mental health issues is of vital importance.

"Personally, I've had my own mental health struggles. There's not one person in the world who is not touched by this, somehow. I really think it's important to talk about it, because, right now, there's a huge stigma around it. If people are having this conversation, it helps break that stigma, and lets people know that they can ask for help.

"We want it to be a fun, family-friendly event, where people come and hang out. That's why we have food trucks and a kids' area. And this year, we're offering to the community three free therapeutic sessions in yoga, art and music therapy." The event will also feature live music.

-- Lara Jo Hightower

lhightower@nwadg.com

 

NAN What's Up on 09/13/2019

Print Headline: MINDfest seeks to bring people together to heal


Advertisement

Recent Articles

Let’s Eat: Restaurant moving into historic Fayetteville building

Let’s Eat: Restaurant moving into historic Fayetteville building

in Food & Drink News

A historic downtown Fayetteville building will soon be the home of a new restaurant. Atlas will be the name of the dining venue set to open in the Ellis Building at 208 N. Block Ave. later this year, according to the restaurant’s website.

October 4, 2019 By Staff Report

Springdale's "Politickin'' event attendance grows by 100

Springdale's "Politickin'' event attendance grows by 100

in Event News

Northwest Arkansas' biggest nonpartisan political get-together topped last year's attendance by at least 100, organizers said, going from 450 last year to about 550 Thursday night.

October 4, 2019 By Doug Thompson

Fayetteville's JBGB shutting down to remodel, enclose outdoor patio

Fayetteville's JBGB shutting down to remodel, enclose outdoor patio

in Food & Drink News, Entertainment News

The JBGB will soon be able to host concerts and games on its patio year-round. The Uptown Fayetteville restaurant, bar, and live music venue is temporarily closing to remodel its facilities, according to a social media post on Monday.

October 2, 2019 By Staff Report

Every Kind Of Art: Terra Studios has something for everyone, especially today

Every Kind Of Art: Terra Studios has something for everyone, especially today

in Event News

Since 1975, Terra Studios has been a peaceful retreat for artists and art lovers alike. Tucked into the Ozarks on the edge of Fayetteville, the grounds offer plenty of room to roam and to find the artistic surprises showcased all around the property.

September 8, 2019 By Lara Jo Hightower

Must Read Articles

All Aboard! Trains arrive at Rogers Historical Museum

All Aboard! Trains arrive at Rogers Historical Museum

in Community News, Event News

"The history of Rogers and Northwest Arkansas is inextricably tied to the railroad that cuts through it running north and south," says Terrilyn Wendling, interim director of the Rogers Historical Museum.

August 12, 2019 By Becca Martin-Brown

Artist to paint mural in downtown Rogers

Artist to paint mural in downtown Rogers

in Community News

The Rogers Public Arts Commission on Thursday unanimously approved the project that has been a partnership between the city, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Walton Family Foundation.

April 5, 2019 By Alex Golden

Teddy Bear Tea a new tradition

Teddy Bear Tea a new tradition

in Event News

The inaugural Teddy Bear Tea will give Northwest Arkansas families a chance to begin a new Christmas tradition while helping support the Northwest Arkansas chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

November 12, 2018 By Carin Schoppmeyer

Advertisement