Join the SAY, in partnership with NJ Hope and Healing, for two self-care and informative workshops open to all community members and cancer survivors. Learn about practicing self-care and participate in yoga, mindfulness and exercise activities that will build self resiliency against stressors and practice mindfulness in your daily lives.
The Summit Area YMCA (SAY) is encouraging community members to prioritize their mental health and well-being. We recognize that mental health plays a huge part of our physical health, social and emotional well-being and that taking care of your mind is equally important as taking care of your body.
Being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing its treatment is associated with substantial distress that can cause long-lasting negative psychological outcomes. Resilience is an individual's ability to maintain or restore relatively stable psychological and physical functioning when confronted with stressful life events and adversities. Post-traumatic growth can be defined as positive life changes that result from major life crises or stressful events. Join the SAY in partnership with New Jersey Hope and Healing for this 2-session presentation on identifying stressors and learning coping skills to help you move forward courageously and rebuild your mental strength with resiliency.
Date: May 31 & June 2
Time: 6:45-7:15 PM
Where: Berkeley Heights YMCA, Multipurpose Room
*Registration includes both sessions.
Yoga is a powerful, yet calming practice that helps relieve stress, increase mindfulness, contributes to a healthier heart, encourages better sleep and more energy, and so much more! In this workshop, in partnership with NJ Hope & Healing, participants will be guided through a relaxing yoga and meditation session with certified instructors who will emphasize and provide useful tips for becoming more mindful in your regular yoga practices.
Date: June 3
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Where: Berkeley Heights YMCA & Summit YMCA
Registration: Reserve your spot on the SAY Mobile App or online schedules.
KATHY THOMSON joined Center for Family Services in 2021. As a Crisis Counselor for NJ Hope and Healing, she is responsible for providing outreach and psycho-educational support to people in NJ who have been affected by the pandemic. She has been instrumental in developing presentations meant to educate people on the effects of stress and to provide tools in self-care to reduce stress. Thomson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Northeastern University and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Rutgers University. Kathy is an MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) teacher and is Co-Chair of the Intercultural Competence Training Committee.
GRANT BOSSARD joined the Center for Family Services’ NJ Hope and Healing Team as a Crisis Counselor over a year ago, after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Bard College in 2020. He was also involved in NJ Hope and Healing’s response to Hurricane Ida in the fall of 2021; where he helped seniors and other individuals affected by the storm obtain resiliency support and access to valuable resources.
About NJ Hope & Healing
The Center for Family Services' NJ Hope and Healing program is a team of Crisis Counselors providing hope, comfort, and resiliency support to NJ residents by offering short-term interventions and psychoeducational services to individuals, families, workplaces, and communities impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. NJ Hope & Healing works in collaboration with the NJ Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch and is funded through a FEMA/SAMHSA grant.
Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of Reiki with information on chakras and how reiki helps to relax and heal. Transitioning through the different levels of Reiki training, participants will then experience meditation and Reiki Healing.
Date: June 5
Time: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Where: Summit YMCA
Sr. Health and Wellness Director
SUMMIT AREA YMCA
(908)273-3330 Ext. 1137
In 1886, we were founded as the Young Men's Christian Association, but today, we are The Y. An association that values, and is made stronger by, its diverse people. We stand for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility — For a better us. We are committed to creating equal opportunity for all regardless of gender, age, disability, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive culture in which our four core values — responsibility, honesty, caring and respect — are integral to everyday operations.
Each year, as one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations, the Summit Area YMCA serves more than 15,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the New Jersey communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Our history is rooted in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those in need.