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  • Date: May 01 2023


May 01 2023

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month!!!


The month of May is National Mental Health Awareness  Month.

Every year since 2010, UGW continues to join the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Our staff live and work in urban inner-city neighborhoods that are stricken with major and unresolved mental health issues.

We see Black people, across America, criminalized due to mental illness. We see achievement by and the hope of children, young people, and adults shattered by the mental illness of a love 0ne. We see a race of people using the church as a mental health solution rather than trained professionals.

UGW is standing up to provide support, fight stigma, educate the public and advocate for policies that support the millions of people in the U.S. affected by mental illness. We stand with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and other health professionals as we look to address the issues our communities face due to this debilitating illness.

Look out for our 1st NEW MOON, NEW YOU Celebration this month, as we encourage residents to come to Cerasse Farm and commune together over food, drink, drum, and work as we talk about LIFE, it’s daily challenges and it’s successes.

Horticultural Therapy has always been a tenet of UGW’s work and we encourage residents and communities to come out and share in the JOY that growing and eating health food provide to our overall mental wellness.

If you or a loved one are in need of more information, help, and support with a mental health crisis, contact Shara Johnson: [email protected]

Peace Folks!

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A Pledge by Ordinary People for Planetary Health on World Health Day

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I, ________________solemnly pledge to work towards preserving my health and the health of my family and community by protecting and preserving the planet’s natural ecosystems on which human health depends.

The health of the planet, people, and their communities will be my first consideration.

I will maintain the utmost respect for human life, as well as reverence for the diversity of life on Earth, and for the natural systems which support all life.

I will attend to my own health and well-being, by adopting and incorporating plant-based nutrition principles, in order to better serve my family, my community, and the planet to the best of my abilities.

I will fight for equity and justice by actively addressing the environmental, food, and social crises through my actions at home, in my community, and in my profession, so as to protect the planet and all of its life forms for current and future generations.

I will strive to be a role model for my children, family, and community by striving to embody planetary and plant-based health principles in my own life, acknowledging that this requires maintaining the vitality of our common home.

I make these promises solemnly, freely, and upon my honor and self-respect. By taking this pledge, I am committing to a vision of personal, community, and planetary health that will enable the diversity of life on our planet to thrive now and in the future.

Adapted from the Pledge in the Lancet (2020), by UGW 2023

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