Library offers Mental Health Month Series

Join Hackley Library  6-7 p.m., Monday, May 17 for a free virtual panel conversation about anxiety and depression, with Elisa Pérez-Arellano, LMSW, psychotherapist and owner/CEO of Inclusive Empowerment Services (IES) in Wyoming, Mich., and Jazz McKinney, mental health advocate and Executive Director of the GR Pride Center in Grand Rapids.

The two will demystify many issues surrounding anxiety and depression, and use their unique perspectives to delve further into how these issues affect the Black, Hispanic, and LGBTQIA+ communities. There will be a Q&A session at the end.

HPL will offer “Springtime: Letting Go to Grow,” a one-hour virtual workshop 6-7 p.m., Monday May 24, with Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor Deb Czechowicz. Art therapy requires no artistic ability and is a comfortable way to explore thoughts and feelings that does not necessarily require verbal expression. 

(All art therapy kits have been registered for).

The library will offer a music therapy workshop 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 25, with Audrey Stein, MSW, MT-B. Participants will learn what music therapy looks like with a variety of populations and the neuroscience research that has led to advancements in the field; and will receive insight on how music therapy improves physical, social, intellectual, and emotional wellbeing.

Visit or register at HPL’s Facebook page, call 231-722-8011, or stop by the library.