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Mental Wellness Gathering Series: Awareness, Treatment and Recovery from Depression

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Mon Jul 15 2024

<div>Mental Wellness Gathering Series: Awareness, Treatment and Recovery from Depression</div><div style="margin-top: 20px"><div style="margin: 20px 10px;font-size: 15px;line-height: 22px;font-weight: 400;text-align: left;"><h1>The Gathering</h1><h3>We thank you for your interest in this gathering and must inform you that <strong><em>LA County residents will be prioritized</em></strong><strong>.</strong></h3><p>The Indigenous Mental Wellness Gathering Series is comprised of seven <strong>FREE </strong>events; the purpose is to provide the Los Angeles County American Indian/Alaska Native community and allies with knowledge and access to culturally inclusive and responsive mental health services, resources, and information. </p><p>In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our lives, relations and mental health have been affected in my many ways. Please join Indigenous Circle of Wellness as we explore the impact the pandemic has had on our lives at March's Mental Wellness Gathering, focusing on <strong>Awareness, Treatment and Recovery from Depression. </strong></p><h3>This will be a VIRTUAL event.</h3><p>Community members Harrelson Notah, MSW, and Iva Maes will be presenting on this topic. Harrelson is a Mental Health Promoter with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, where he delivers mental health workshops based on empowerment and a strength-based approach. Harrelson also serves community in his role as an academic counselor with the Educational Opportunity Program at California State University of Long Beach. His presenting partner Iva Maes has served as a Wellness Outreach Worker (WOW) Volunteer for LACDMH at American Indian Counseling Center (AICC), where she was awarded L.A. County’s WOW Newbie/Rookie Volunteer of The Year, and WOW’s Most Innovative Volunteer of The Year the following year.</p><p>The Mental Wellness Gatherings are open to all Los Angeles County Residents. Each person who would like to participate is required to register in advance. This will ensure all supplies and materials are delivered by the week of the event. In order to receive art supplies via shipping, you must register 2 weeks in advance. The gatherings have SOLD OUT every month, so please register as soon as possible if you would like to guarantee your spot.</p><h3>Agenda: </h3><ul><li><strong>10:00am</strong>: Welcome &amp; Introductions</li><li><strong>10:15am</strong>: Purpose and Intentions</li><li><strong>10:30am</strong>: Presentation by Harrelson Notah, MSW and Iva Maes - <em>Awareness, Treatment and Recovery from Depression</em>.</li><li><strong>12:00pm</strong>: BREAK</li><li><strong>12:15pm</strong>: Breakout Rooms for Art activity (please review <em>Registration Instructions below</em>)</li><li><strong>1:45pm</strong>: Closing and Final Thoughts</li></ul><p>This event is <strong>#4 of 7 </strong>total Mental Wellness Gatherings that have been held in Los Angeles County. We hope you will join us for future events, workshops, and gatherings that are hosted by Indigenous Circle of Wellness. Keep a look out for future event registration links on our social media accounts <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">@indigenouscircleofwellness</a>.</p><p>If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dria Yellowhair at or 626-782-5570 ext. 104.</p></div><div style="margin: 20px 0;line-height: 22px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div><div style="margin: 20px 10px;font-size: 15px;line-height: 22px;font-weight: 400;text-align: left;"><h1> Registration Instructions</h1><h3>We would like all community members to have the opportunity to participate in this wellness series, so new participants will have priority if the event reaches capacity. Each person will require their own registration, please ensure all household members are individually registered. </h3><h3>Attendees will have the option to <em>choose one</em> of three ticket options that include an art activity. </h3><ol><li>LA County Resident (entire event w/ Zine Making)</li><li>LA County Resident (entire event w/ Bead Bracelets)</li><li>LA County Resident (entire event w/ Dye Making)</li></ol><h3>LA County Resident (entire event w/ Zine Making)</h3><p>We will be zine making with Sierra Edd (Diné), a PhD student in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is Tł'ógi, born for the Kinłichii'nii people and grew up in Durango, Colorado/Four corners. Her current interests are in Indigenous gender and sexuality, culture, storytelling, futures/futurity, and digital media. She received her B.A. from Brown University in the department of Ethnic studies with her previous scholarship exploring colonial violence and resistance border towns along the Navajo reservation.</p><p>This workshop will explore art and zine-making as a therapeutic practice for mental health and wellness. Participants will learn bookbinding skills to create their own zine and start the work to tell their stories. This workshop is beginner-friendly and will contextualize visual storytelling and zines within discussions of Indigenous resistance narratives and identity.</p><p><strong>Activity is approved for all ages with adult supervision for children.</strong></p><p><strong>Personal supplies</strong> <strong>needed</strong>: paper, construction paper, writing utensils (pens, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pens, etc.), glue, tape, personal photos (print out in advance), magazine clippings, and anything else you would like to put in your zine.</p><p>If you do not have access to these supplies, please contact Dria Yellowhair at</p><p><strong>Supplies provided</strong>: book binding tools (mailed through ICOW)</p><h3>LA County Resident (entire event w/ Bead Bracelets)</h3><p>We will also be beading aromatherapeutic bracelets with community member Kimberly Robertson, PhD (Mvskoke). Dr. Robertson is currently an associate professor of American Indian Studies at California State University of Long Beach. She is also an artist who uses Native practices to create. Most recently, Dr. Robertson’s art was featured on the cover and inside “Otherwise Worlds,” a Duke University Press publication.</p><p>In this hands-on workshop, participants will bead an aromatherapeutic bracelet and have the opportunity to consider the ways in which cultural activities and natural medicines can combat depression and contribute to overall health and wellness.</p><p><strong>Activity is approved for all ages with adult supervision for children.</strong></p><p><strong>Personal supplies</strong> <strong>needed</strong>: none </p><p><strong>Supplies provided</strong>: beading pack (mailed through ICOW)</p><h3>LA County Resident (entire event w/ Dye Making)</h3><p>Dye making will be led by Joel Garcia (Huichol). Joel is an artist, arts administrator and cultural organizer with 20+ years of experience working transnationally focusing on community-centered strategies. His approach is rooted in Indigenous-based forms of dialoguing and decision-making (non-hierarchical) that uplifts non-institutional expertise. Joel uses art and organizing to raise awareness of issues facing underserved communities, inner-city youth, and other targeted populations. </p><p>We will be reconnecting with our plant relatives to uplift our spirit and energy. During this workshop, participants will use plants and flowers to create a custom hand-dyed bandana that can be used as a wearable Land Acknowledgment or a new addition to your altar.</p><p><strong>Activity is approved for all ages with adult supervision for children.</strong></p><p><strong>Personal supplies</strong> <strong>needed</strong>: none </p><p><strong>Supplies provided</strong>: natural dye supplies (mailed through ICOW)</p><h3>General Admission (Mental Wellness Workshop ONLY)</h3><p>If all three ticket options that include an art activity are SOLD OUT, then we have this fourth ticket option available for individuals who would still like to attend the presentation on <em>Awareness, Treatment and Recovery from Depression</em>. <strong>This ticket does NOT include an art activity.</strong> However, we still welcome anyone who would like to learn and heal with community. </p></div><div style="margin: 20px 10px;font-size: 15px;line-height: 22px;font-weight: 400;text-align: left;"><h2><strong>About Indigenous Circle of Wellness:</strong></h2><p>Indigenous Circle of Wellness is a <strong>private practice located in Southeast Los Angeles.</strong> We provide quality mental wellness services, grounded in holistic healing (mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical balance) through a<strong> culturally inclusive </strong>approach. We value interdependence, family, community, healthy sustainable relationships, inclusion, and social justice.</p><p>Indigenous Circle of Wellness offers numerous services to the community, including counseling, workshops, trainings, and consulting. Learn more by visiting our website at <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"></a>m</p></div></div>


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