Dufferin Ag Society presents 'Making Sense of Mindfulness' seminar

The truck pull raised funds for the Dufferin Agricultural Society's mental health committee. (supplied photo)

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The Dufferin Agricultural Society’s (DAS) mental wellness committee is proud to host another mental wellness seminar Tuesday night when motivational speaker and author Keith Macpherson stops into Carman Collegiate for his free ‘Making Sense of Mindfulness’ seminar.

“Mindfulness and mental well-being is being dropped all around now and we’ve never had a mindfulness presentation before so we’re very excited to learn from him,” says metal health committee member, Marcy Platt. “We’d love to fill the theatre and have as many people as we can come out and fill the theatre.”

The seminar is one of many the committee has already brought to Carman and surrounding area thanks to the Ag Society’s Truck Pull held in the summer. The event was started last year when members gathered together to create an event to bring awareness to mental health issues after a family member/friend of members committed suicide.

“The DAS started this subcommittee for people that had an interest in mental health awareness, and the Ag Society basically turns over all of the funds raised at the Truck Pull for Mental Health and the committee then determines how the funds shall be used,” explained Platt.

The subcommittee is made up of local farmers and residents from around the town of Carman and RM of Dufferin, all of who have a connection to mental health issues through family or close friends. Platt adds it’s good to load up on the necessary tools to deal with stressful situations or mental health issues.

“I spoke to a gentleman that said the journey to mental well-being can be very lonely and he’s excited to be a part of a group to experience it with others rather than alone,” said Platt. “We’ve brought a four-week cognitive behaviour therapy class that holds 20 participants and it filled right away, plus we’ve been working with Carman Collegiate.”

The group also sent students to see a presentation by Rob Nash held in Winnipeg back in October thanks to the Ag Society.

“We also brought in a stress expert that presented to the high school staff at an early dismissal about the toll that stress can have on a person and how to try to deal with that in a healthy way,” she added.

The live lecture is being held at Carman Collegiate Theatre Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend. It’s a free event hosted by the Dufferin Agricultural Society.