June 24, 2022
SAVONA – The past couple of years has been especially tough, and one mental health provider in Steuben County is looking to help people connect with the help they may need.
“Rays Of Light In The Community” will be held Friday, July 1st at Gauss’ Sweet Shoppe located at 8741 State Route 415 in Campbell NY. The event aims to connect people in their community to resources that will help improve physical and emotional health, and will run from 4-6pm. It is a free and open to the public.
“Over the last year there has been a collective trauma with the COVID-19 pandemic. That, along with so many significant world events left many of us reeling,” says event organizer Renae Carapella-Johnson, mental health counselor and owner of Ray Of Light Counseling And Consulting in Savona.
“I recognize that the need in our community right now is so great and I also know that I can’t fill that need alone. There are so many amazing healers and helpers and providers in our community striving to help people heal, and overcome, and thrive.”
The event began last year as a way to connect people with health providers as well as help improve emotional and physical health. Multiple area organizations will be there for people to meet with and learn more about how to find the help or resources they may need. Those organizations include:
- “Smile Through The Storms”, a local support group for those who have lost loved ones to suicide.
- CASA of the Southern Tier, whose mission is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Family Court by recruiting and training community volunteers.
- The Steuben County Suicide Prevention Coalition, a group dedicated to giving hope to those at risk for suicide and providing support to survivors of suicide loss through reducing stigma, raising awareness, and connecting people to resources to create a healthier, safer community.
- Family Service Society, an organization that provides professional counseling and community services to help empower individuals and families to deal more effectively with their challenges, enhancing the quality of their lives.
- The Steuben County Community Mental Health Center, which offers a full range of outpatient mental health services to the residents of Steuben County.
- CareFirst Hospice And Palliative Care
“We have a variety of healers and helpers attending and at a time when we need healing, hope and light more than ever, I am hoping this event will provide just that,” said Carapella-Johnson.
In addition, there will be activities for children including face painting by Jennifer Sekella.