Move for Mental Health on May 1

By FCPS and Fairfax County Government
April 22, 2022

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Our Minds Matter (OMM) and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) are excited to host our first ever Move for Mental Health event on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at Mason District Park!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and what better way to celebrate than by getting our moves on? Research shows that moving our bodies releases endorphins, relieves stress, provides a break from everyday life, presents an opportunity for self expression, and helps us feel more connected to our bodies. Physical activity is a healthy and accessible coping mechanism for when things get tough. 

At our Move for Mental Health event, there is something for everyone! You can choose to walk, run, bike, wheel, and/or check other movement and self-care stations throughout the route. There will also be live performances and opportunities for FCPS students to earn community services hours.  

This event is open to the public. We cannot wait to have you join us and show how you move for mental health! 

When: Sunday May 1, 2022
Where: Mason District Park in Annandale
Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm

Click here to REGISTER NOW!

About Our Minds Matter & Fairfax County Public Schools

Our Minds Matter is an innovative and grassroots effort to change school culture around mental health through student-led clubs. Fairfax County Public Schools is the largest public school system in Virginia and the 12th largest public school system in the United States. FCPS serves a diverse student population of more than 188,000 students and has a graduation rate of 91.5%.

OMM and FCPS have worked together since 2012 on mental wellness initiatives for teens. When the OMM club-model was launched in 2016, FCPS served as the first pilot site – with four school clubs. Today, there are 27 clubs in FCPS high schools and middle schools.

In addition, OMM and FCPS collaborate for the student-led track of the annual FCPS Mental Health & Wellness Conference.

If you or someone you know may be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis, text HOME to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor, call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or call 911.

The Healthy Minds Blog shares information related to youth mental health and wellness for an audience of parent, educators and community-based providers. Articles include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school and in the community.

The Healthy Minds Blog is a collaborative project between Fairfax County Public Schools and the Prevention Unit of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. It is part of the Healthy Minds Fairfax (see below) initiative, designed to support emotional wellness in youth and families.

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