Harvesting Hope: Black Mental Health Matters


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In honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month, join Harvesting Hope facilitator Confidence Omenai as she explores creative tools to strengthen resilience and well-being. Low-cost sliding-scale resources for mental health services, and practical planning for managing stress, depression, and anxiety will be shared. The session will close with a yoga exercise designed for all bodies and levels of mobility. This is an opportunity for intentional togetherness and creativity, which is key to collective healing.

The suggested companion book for this month is Red Lip Theology by Candice Marie Benbow. Read at your own pace or listen to the audio. Find multiple formats available at the library.

Harvesting Hope is an intentional community for African American older adults to learn new ideas, read books that speak to their experiences, create, heal, and share resources while building an ongoing support network. Facilitated by Confidence Omenai in partnership with the Denver Public Library.

*This program is part of a series. Topics vary from month to month.

Confidence Omenai, is a Nigerian American poet, community organizer, playwright, voice actor, and breaker of chains. Her work explores death, rebirth, and collective healing using the arts, racism, and martyrdom on the altar of motherhood and marriage. For fifteen years she has competed, performed, and curated shows across the nation. Confidence is an activist facilitating writing workshops, performing, and encouraging radical self-interrogation around the country at universities, high schools, middle schools, maximum security prisons, juvenile facilities, and more. Confidence is a Program Coordinator for Collective Healing Through Art, TEDxMileHigh Speaker, Pink Door Fellow, and Oklahoma State University Alum. Her work appears in A La Palabra: The Word is a Woman: Mothers & Daughters. She currently resides in Denver, creating transformative work across genres and clearing the way for her rebellious great-granddaughters, who will defend the earth in her name. Connect with Confidence on InstagramFacebook, or her website.

To request a sign language interpreter or real time captioning via CART Services, please contact SignLanguageServices@denvergov.org or call 720-913-8487, with a minimum three (3) business day notice. To request other accommodations, please contact programs@denverlibrary.org.

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