In honor of National Mental Health Awareness month which was celebrated in May, the Togetherhood committee at the YMCA at Pabst Farms in Oconomowoc coordinated a special donation drive to collect coping skill items used by patients at Rogers Memorial Hospital.
Led by Dione Funk, the project was held in partnership with Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation as a part of its MyRogers: Community Sponsored Events program. The items were graciously accepted by Linda Schieble, Special Events Coordinator at the Foundation.
The use of play and games in therapy is proven to be an effective way to help cope with intense emotions and behaviors. At Rogers, patients learn how everyday items can be used as powerful therapeutic tools to calm their minds and bodies. Items collected included: Fiddle Sticks or Rain Sticks, Floam, journals, Play-Doh, puzzle games, Silly Putty, sketch pads and stress balls.
The Togetherhood program is designed to provide Y members with the opportunity to identify and organize projects that help other members give back and support their neighbors. The program offers members and staff an easy, social and fun way to serve their community.
Even though Mental Health Awareness month is behind us for the year, Rogers Foundation reports that the need for coping skill items continues. Donations of new, unused items or monetary gifts will help equip patients with a variety items that may be included in one’s “emotional toolkit.” If you would like to hold a donation drive or to view a complete wish list of items, go to rogershospitalfoundation.org/events.