This year’s Mental Health Awareness Month theme is ‘Building Circles of Wellness’.  As the month winds down to a close, I am reflecting on the theme’s appropriateness and connection to the work we’ve done this month, the work we do throughout the year and the work that remains undone and greatly needed to harness recovery, resilience and wellness for ourselves and our loved ones.

The circle is a universal symbol found in all cultures.  A circle implies movement and symbolizes the cycle of time. It represents all cyclic motion, timelessness, the infinite, wholeness, totality, peace, prosperity and optimal perfection. It has value as a protective agent. The circle is also zero in our system of numbering, and symbolizes potential, or the embryo.

During this month, we continued our outreach to leaders in King County’s faith community.  There seems to be great potential in partnering with our churches to help create safe spaces for parents, children and youth struggling with emotional, behavioral, mental health or substance abuse challenges, peaceful places where the totality and wholeness of the individual is accepted, nourished and sheltered without fear of stigma.

We shared our first story of the power of parent support and we look forward to sharing more stories of families’ struggles and triumphs along the paths to wellness. More stories still need to be shared.  All of our voices need to be heard, all of our stories told. We invite you to join us in this important aspect of circle building.

During the rest of 2014 we will work to share our stories and make our voices heard. Please click on the link below for one such story.

“Suicide-attempt survivors go public in hope of aiding many at risk”the Boston Globe

And have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!