Monarch and partners host a free community wellness fair for the mind and body

Monarch’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC), in partnership with Atrium Health and the Stanly County Health Department will host a free community wellness fair on Saturday, May 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Stanly Commons, 187 N. 1st St., Albemarle.

This free, public event will provide information about resources throughout Stanly County that support whole health care, which includes both physical and mental health care. Representatives from Atrium Health will offer blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. Monarch experts will provide depression screenings and share information about available mental health resources in Stanly County. Area healthcare professionals will be available to answer questions.

There will be face painting, games, door prizes and other family-friendly activities. Light refreshments will be served. Vendor opportunities are available.

This event is hosted as part of the federal grant Monarch received last fall to assist with establishing a CCBHC to focus on mental health and substance use disorder needs in Stanly County. This initiative ensures integration of care with primary care physicians through use of care coordination. Over the next two years Monarch estimates it will serve over 2,000 adults and children with serious mental illness, long-term chronic addiction, mild or moderate mental illness and substance use disorders, as well as complex health conditions. Monarch’s newly established CCBHC is in its current behavioral health outpatient office at 350 Pee Dee Ave., Albemarle.

For more information about the wellness fair or to participate as a vendor, please contact Monique Lucas at Monique.Lucas@MonarchNC.org.

Established in 1958, Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders. The organization is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission. Monarch operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch provides quality support, please call (866) 272-7826 or visit www.MonarchNC.org.