Panhandle PBS put on a Garden of the Mind event to help people learn some “Little Things” that can be done for their mental health on Saturday. Different stations were set up at Amarillo College to bring awareness to things that can be done for someone’s mental health.
Panhandle PBS has a new series called “The Little Things” that aired its first episode on Sept. 15. According to a Panhandle PBS news release, “The Little Things” will be an eight-part series produced by Panhandle PBS in partnership with Panhandle Behavioral Health Alliance and Texas Panhandle Centers Behavioral and Developmental Health. The Garden of the Mind event took the same teachings from “The Little Things” and made different tents to check out.
“Getting outside in nature, exercise, food, connection, and creativity are all amazing ways to improve your mental health,” said Corby Fails, marketing manager at Panhandle PBS.
Northwest Texas Healthcare System (NWTHS) had a booth to increase awareness about there being places available for help. At the event, NWTHS was using a comic book to give tips about anxiety and how anxiety can affect someone.
“Just because you need help does not mean you’re weak,” Dustin Ho-Gland, RN, clinical educator for NWTHS behavioral health, said. “Everybody at some point in their lifetime is going to have something occur where they need help, and if you need help, it is important that someone gets that help. There is no need to suffer in silence. If someone has a friend or anyone around them that is experiencing a mental health crisis, just listen to them non-judgmentally and simply just be there for them … and (if) they need help, help them get help.”
The comic book’s tips to decrease your anxiety in 1 minute include:
Tip 1: Five count Breathe – Inhale slowly and fully for five seconds, hold your breath for five seconds, counting at the same pace. Finally exhale slowly and count to five.
Tip 2: Anchor into your present through 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – Find five things you can see, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste.
Tip 3: Mindful visualization: Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Imagine something that brings you joy and/or gratitude in your life. Focus and continue this for one minute.
The Garden of the Mind title of the event came from a “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” episode where he called for viewers to “grow ideas in their minds.” Saturday’s event had several different activities and mental health experts to provide the attendees with different options for professional help, or little things they can do on their own.
One group in attendance at the Amarillo event was 7 Star Horse Therapy. The non-profit organization uses equine-assisted therapy to help with not only physical, but mental challenges that people go through. “We integrate the horses into the therapy sessions. Horses can feel your energy when you get within 20 feet of them. These animals are very grounding. Their heart rates are slow; they have a slow respiratory rate, so our try to match that,” said Lou Ann Humphrey, a licensed professional counselor at 7 Horse Therapy. “It’s very interactive. You have to be up and working with the horse. This is good for people who do not want to just sit and talk.”
“The Little Things” series airs every Thursday at 7 pm on Panhandle PBS. To stream the episodes and individual segments, go to panhandlePBS.org/TheLittleThings and on the station’s social media.
To find out more information about 7 Star Horse Therapy, visit www.7starhorsetherapy.org .
For more information on Northwest Texas Healthcare System, visit nwthsbehavioralhealth.com.