Compeer Connections is a program designed to support wellness and recovery through activities that give participants a chance to relax, engage and socialize. Social connections are a major factor in peoples’ overall wellness, and social support has been proven to be critical in the process of mental health recovery. Mental Health Greensboro’s Compeer Connections program is designed to have multiple benefits for participants: First, the benefits that come with engaging in rewarding activities that promote health and wellness. Second, the benefits that come from getting out, socializing, meeting people and making new friends. And finally, the benefits of doing something fun!
Compeer activities are usually held on Tuesday afternoons, with one-off events occurring occasionally on other days. These activities are open to the public, anyone is free to join. No orientation or fee required. Bring a friend if you’d like!
Yoga / Meditation
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm with Dr. Steve Landau
Meditation comes in many forms, and has long been acknowledged as a tool to master the mind and cope with stress. Science is increasingly validating those claims, especially for depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). And while Yoga and Meditation are described separately meditation is an integral part of yoga. This Compeer activity incorporates mindfulness meditation and light yoga exercises for relaxation and stress relief. No special equipment or workout clothes are needed.
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm with Dr. Robert Merlin
No, you won’t be commanded to cluck like a chicken. Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and/or hyper-awareness, and Hypnotherapy is guided relaxation and/or concentration where the ideas expressed by a hypnotist, called suggestions, are generally remembered more readily, in turn creating a new awareness. Depending on the client’s motivations, there may be a shift in attitude about specific subject matters, such as habits and stresses. Hypnosis cannot make you do anything you do not want to do. Your mind will not accept suggestions that do not conform to what it believes to be true. The only requirement for getting results from hypnosis is that the person has a desire to experience change, or in other words, is in agreement with the suggestions.
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm with Eric Reiss
Often described as “meditation in motion,” there is growing evidence that this ancient mind-body practice has great value in maintaining wellness and preventing health problems. Tai Chi consists of slow, balanced, low impact movements with a focus on breathing, concentration, and muscle relaxation and control. Tai Chi is safe for people of all physical conditions, young or old, and is known to help improve balance and coordination, relaxation and sleep, and can even help relieve arthritis pain, control the side effects of diabetes, and reduce the risk of falls. No special equipment or workout clothes are needed for this activity.
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Peer-led
One of the ways to stay grounded and deal with any overwhelming emotions is to find a healthy outlet in which to express yourself. In the past 10 years, medical professionals and clinicians have come to recognize the therapeutic value of creative writing, with its potential for managing anxiety, reducing stress and providing an opportunity for positive self-talk and identifying negative thoughts and behaviors. Plus, it’s fun!