May is Mental Health Month and the Colusa County Behavioral Health’s Safe Haven Wellness and Recovery Center is set to host its annual Veterans Car Show on Saturday.
The car show will be held from 10 AM to 3 PM in Veteran Memorial Park, located at the corner of 10th and Main Streets, in Colusa.
“It’s our third annual car show and we are looking forward to it,” said Colusa County Behavioral Health Director Terence Rooney. “We will also have a number of other smaller events that go on throughout the month.”
Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness, and during May, local organizations fight stigma, provide support, and educate the public through local outreach activities.
The annual Veterans Car Show is open to the public and will boast a number of vintage and classic cars. There will also be music, a free lunch, and a chance to win some great prizes, organizers said.
Raffle items will include a Weber barbecue, roadside emergency kit, Colusa Casino package, a variety of gift certificates, and much more.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at Safe Haven or at the Veterans Car Show the day of the event. Tickets are $1 each, or six for $5.
There will also be a variety of vendors and resource information booths.
Also during Mental Health Month, Colusa County Behavioral Health releases the annual update of the county’s Mental Health Services Act Plan.
The public can read and comment on the plan at a number of events this month, including the Veterans Car Show, on Saturday, and the Maxwell Rodeo, on May 18, before it goes to the Colusa County Board of Supervisors for approval.
Last Sunday, Mayra Puga and Kevin Shields, with Colusa County Department of Behavioral Health, were on hand at the Spring Fiesta in Arbuckle to present upcoming programs and services available for children and for adults. Shields reported one of their programs would offer free bowling in Colusa.
“Of course, we have therapy provided, case management services, as well as a psychiatrist on staff, which we’re really fortunate to have because a lot of counties have Telepsychiatry,” Puga said.
Visitors to the Veterans Car Show will also be able to learn about mental health services and other programs for veterans.
To register your vintage or classic car in the show, visit Safe Haven Wellness and Recovery Center, 411 Main St. in Colusa, or call (530) 458-8338.
Vehicle registration fee for the show is $20, with proceeds benefiting the Colusa Veterans Memorial Wall.
“You can register the day of the event,” said Amy Manville, Safe Haven volunteer. “Registration begins at 9 AM.” ■