WESTFIELD, Ind., July 10, 2017 – Local-and-veteran-owned and operated company, Spa 32 celebrated its first year in business by inviting community members to a reception where Families First of Indiana was presented with a $1,500 donation. During the month of May, National Mental Health Awareness month, Spa 32 collected donations from its guests and matched each donation dollar for dollar. Families First is a non-profit organization that helps families find help with suicide intervention, substance abuse, depression, stress management and relationship issues.
“We’re thrilled to be part of the Westfield community with its wonderful residents, businesses and visitors,” said Brenna Winiecki, Spa 32 owner and U.S. Air Force veteran. “To show our commitment to the local community, we wanted to give back to an organization whose focus is on creating healthier communities by strengthening families and individuals during life challenges and changes.”
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in five Americans experience mental illness, and depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. 1
“The topic of mental health is often a taboo subject because of the stigma associated with mental illness,” said Winiecki. “We want to help break that stigma by starting the conversation and supporting local organizations that help make our community stronger. We couldn’t have picked a better organization to partner with on our first fundraising efforts.”
In addition to contributing to the community in which they live and work, spa employees aim to make a difference in people’s lives through healing touch. Studies of the benefits of massage and facials have shown it to be effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. 2,3
“Many of us have experienced or been affected by mental illness,” Winiecki continued. “At Spa 32, our skilled staff understands and wants to help reduce symptoms brought on by the stresses of daily life.”
1 National Alliance on Mental Illness Fact Sheet, Mental Health Facts in America.
https://www.nami.org/NAMI/media/NAMI-Media/Infographics/GeneralMHFacts.pdf. Accessed July 9, 2017.
2 Mayo Clinic. Massage: Get in touch with its many benefits. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743?pg=1. December 7, 2015. Accessed July 9, 2017.
3 US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. The facial massage reduced anxiety and negative mood status, and increased sympathetic nervous activity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19129675. December 2008. Accessed July 9, 2017.
About Spa 32
Local company Spa 32 opened its doors July 08, 2016. Veteran owned and operated, Spa 32 offers massage, facial and waxing services to help its guests look and feel their best, to be their best selves. Its commitment to military veterans and mental and physical health and well-being is weaved throughout all aspects of the business including veteran employees and support of local mental health organizations.
About Families First
Founded in 1835, Families First is the oldest not-for-profit social service organization in our community. Guided by the belief that healthy families are the building blocks of a strong community, Families First works to create healthier communities by strengthening families and individuals during life challenges and changes. Each year more than 8,000 individuals turn to Families First for hope and healing. A broad array of services are offered to address the challenges of parenting, family conflict, trauma, substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, mental health issues, and the needs of older and challenged adults. An affiliate member of Mental Health America, Families First is accredited by the national Council on Accreditation (COA), attesting that it meets the highest standards of professional performance. Services are provided in the homes of clients, at various community sites, and through offices in Indianapolis and Greenfield.