Members of the Human Services and Therapeutic Recreation clubs held an all-day stress relief workshop last month at NYC H+H Gotham Health Cumberland, a community health center serving Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.
“At NYC H+H Gotham Health Cumberland, we focus on the health of the entire person — in many ways, mental health is just as important as one’s physical health,” said Michel Clarke, associate executive director at Gotham Health Cumberland. “The human services and therapeutic recreation students from SJC Brooklyn helped our clients learn that stress can be dealt with — and in a number of ways. These hands-on seminars were very well received and are appreciated by the community.”
Students from both clubs met with clients at Cumberland and taught them a wide range of methods to relieve stress, from using music and aromatherapy to destress one’s environment to active techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga and guided imagery. More than 50 people participated in the workshops. Future events are in the planning stages for this fall.
“The Human Services and Therapeutic Recreation clubs both stem from a genuine commitment to helping others,” said Karma Dolma, president of the Recreation Therapy Club at SJC Brooklyn. “This event gave us an opportunity to share what we have learned in the classroom to help members of our community live healthier lives — valuable practical experience for our future careers!”