NORFOLK, VA. June 13, 2017. On May 19th, 2017 the ARDX Foundation held its inaugural May Mental Wellness Awareness Event to kick-off their mental wellness initiatives here in the Hampton Roads Community. With a mission of “Shining a Light on Mental Wellness,” and a specific focus on women and their families, the event brought in nearly 100 community leaders, advocates, and individuals who are passionately trying to change the story on how mental wellness is addressed. And a story they did tell…
Appropriately themed “What would you do if you knew my story?,” the ARDX Foundation shared the stories of three women and young girls who have dealt with common mental health challenges, including postpartum depression, caregiver depression, and suicide. Through the art of storytelling, the ARDX Foundation Board Members spoke openly about the stigma placed on those suffering with mental health, particularly women and young girls. Most importantly, they told their story on how the ARDX Foundation can help transcend the stigma surrounding mental health and create a supportive community that is proactively creating mental wellness initiatives.
“The ARDX Foundation continues to collaborate with other organizations to shine a light on mental wellness for Hampton Roads. Our programs are designed to build awareness, educate, engage, and integrate the resources that are available in our community so that we can all continue the focus on our own mental wellness,” said Executive Director of the Foundation, Penny Sanchez.
In keeping with this strong momentum the ARDX Foundation is already in the planning phase of several summer programs, including a Minority Mental Health Awareness Month recognition, our START internship program, and various educational webinars.
The ARDX Foundation is also excited to officially announce the 10th Annual Women’s Wellness Celebration Conference, which will take place on Friday, October 20, 2017 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This year’s theme “Continuing the Conversation, Mental Wellness Matters!,” will feature sessions dedicated to empowering mental wellness initiatives for women of all ages, as well as special sessions dedicated for our military families.
For more information on the ARDX Foundation and to learn more about our upcoming programs and events, visit the ARDX Foundation website today to stay connected at www.ardxfoundation.org.