Fishers commemorates Mental Health Awareness Month


For Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the City of Fishers and the Fishers Health Department continue efforts to promote a Stigma Free Fishers, increasing awareness of mental health challenges and promoting treatment options.

“Fishers is recognized as a national leader in addressing mental illness and promoting a stigma-free environment,” an announcement from the city stated. “Stigma Free Fishers aims to raise awareness, promote conversations and demonstrate unity for the mental well-being of the Fishers community.”

In addition, the City of Fishers announced that it received the Mental Health America Bell Seal Workplace Gold Seal, which highlights the city’s commitment to creating a healthy workplace environment and providing resources and support for employees’ mental well-being.

According to the city’s website, Bell Seal recipients complete an application, including 58 criteria related to workplace policies and practices that influence worker mental health outcomes, such as workplace culture, benefits, compliance and wellness programs.

“We are thrilled for the city to be recognized with the Mental Health America Bell Seal Workplace Gold Seal for the second consecutive year,” Mayor Scott Fadness stated. “As mental health advocates, we prioritize the health and well-being of our staff and this award is a testament to our ongoing efforts to foster a supportive and inclusive workplace culture.”

The Fishers Health Department also is celebrating the first anniversary of its partnership with Credible Mind, a mental health and self-care digital platform. Through the partnership, the department has expanded its Stigma Free Fishers mental health campaign, providing additional support services and advocating for greater awareness and understanding of mental health issues.

“As we mark a year of collaboration with CredibleMind, we are grateful for the opportunity to collectively blaze the trail toward evolving the conversation around mental health — promoting awareness, empowerment and resilience in Fishers,” stated Monica Heltz, Director of FHD.

Other opportunities related to Mental Health Awareness Month include the monthly StoryWalk for families with young children. The story is “Ruby Finds a Worry” by Tom Percival, and visitors can read the story while taking a stroll at Billericay Park, 12690 Promise Rd.

The city’s parks department offers free yoga classes in May, during the Fishers farmers markets, starting at 8 a.m. Saturdays at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Dr..

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