LeeWok Music and Arts Festival returns

LeeWok festival works to fight stigma towards mental illness

OpenMIND is hosting their 4th annual fundraiser event on Saturday, Sept. 8. LeeWok Music & Arts Festival is an all ages event held at The Oaks, located along the Souris River in Logan, boasting all day live music from regional acts Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band, Lutheran Heat, Boreal Gardens, The San Haven Chuckle, Jami Lynn and the Mooncats.

Activities for the day will also include yoga, guided meditation, all sorts of kid’s art, science and mindfulness activities plus a barbecue dinner all included in $35 ticket price. Kid’s 12 and under are free. LeeWok is an outdoor event running from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. (rain or shine). Beer and wine will be served throughout the evening. Ticket purchases can be made at www.lee-wok.com.

OpenMIND is local non-profit organization devoted to bringing awareness to mental health and suicide in the community. The suicide rate in North Dakota has risen by over 70 percent over the last 10 years and has become a daunting issue in the state. OpenMIND feels there is an underlying stigma against addressing mental health within our culture. They believe working together can change this. The LeeWok Music & Arts Festival was created in honor of Lee Randall, who they lost to suicide nearly eight years ago. OpenMIND has partnered with Heidi Demers of Mindful you – Mindful me to help spur programs focused on mental health within the community. The goal of this partnership is to implement and promote mindfulness education in children. Techniques like these have been proven to increase optimism and happiness in classrooms, decrease bullying and aggression, increase compassion and empathy for others and help students resolve conflicts.

OpenMIND’s hope is to give the kids tools they can use anytime: tools to calm down, slow down and feel better when they are troubled.