New senior program focuses on mental health wellness

The Sierra 2 Senior Center is unveiling a new program, Head Space, which focuses on mental health wellness and well-being.

Created by Sacramento State intern turned-employee Kate Lauter, Head Space will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. every third Monday. It provides information on improving our mental health through a variety of ways. Stress, exercise, diet and sleep are some of the more common areas where individuals may struggle and get down on themselves. Inserting positive changes in these and other areas such as mindfulness, spirituality, and leisure activities has been shown to improve mental health outcomes, especially in older adults.

Head Space offers a place for older adults to discuss their own mental health struggles or concerns, ask questions and hear from others who may have experienced the same things. This group is the first wellness class offered that primarily focuses on mental health wellness instead of physical health and well-being. Each session of the program is individually designed and consists of pertinent information relating topics to their influence on mental health. The program aims to remove the stigma attached to mental health issues through open dialogue among peers. Finding comfort in discussing personal troubles and concerns may make it easier to talk about mental health, especially with loved ones and medical providers.

All are encouraged to attend the first class on March 18. This program is designed as a 12-part series, so attendance is encouraged for all sessions, but not required. The first session will cover information on general mental wellbeing, gratitude journaling and more. Free “emergency stress kits” will be handed out to all attendees.

RVSP online at or call 916 455-6339 so we can prepare materials accordingly. Wellness Program prices apply: $10/drop in; $35 for 5 classes; or $60 for 10 classes.

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