Minnesota Discovery Center’s 3rd annual mental health night
The Minnesota Discovery Center’s 3rd annual metal health night aims to help communities understand mental health. The mental health night offered visitors a chance to win prizes, live music, food and a BMX stunt show.
One of the activities at the event was the Ice-Drop. It’s a life-saving technique to help manage overwhelming stress or an emotional crisis. Donna Johnson, the Executive Director of Minnesota Discovery Center, said the COVID-19 Pandemic helped inspired the mental health night. “Everybody experiences mental health.” Johnson said. “This is a way to provide resources and easy access without having to make an appointment and kind of make it in a safe community setting to start those open conversations and bring the stigma down and make it an easy conversation to have that no one’s embarrassed or reserved.”
Johnson also said having those mental health resources are extremely crucial for children and teens. “Seeing the parking lot full and our walkways full of people and when people walk in, they’re kind of quiet, reserved and everybody just leaves with big smiles. And you can tell that conversations happened and everybody had a lot of fun at the same time.”