HUDSON – The Mental Health week began with a group of children, parents and a couple of therapy dogs at Hudson Springs Park.

Rita Aggarwal of Red Flags National Oct. 6 talked about the importance of pets and about stress reduction. She said parents need to build habits of stress reduction at an early age.

Parents were given a booklet on Red Flags in Children's Behavior from infants to teens and what parents can do to help their child. Another book, The Green Book, showed how to be proactive in nurturing kids’ mental health with positive regard, resilience, building on strengths and positive engagement with others.

Children wrote about the impact of pets in their lives and interacted with therapy dogs Trigger, a Great Dane with handler Jackie Arvy, and Luna, a Doberman with handler Caitlyn Blakeslee. They led the children on a walk around the park after the presentation.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hudson Clocktower, the Leadership Hudson Class of 2019 developed "State of Mind: Hudson" which began Oct. 6 and ends Oct. 10. Programming details, including dates, times, venues and speaker information are available on

Community members have the opportunity to hear from a variety of mental health professionals on topics of depression, anxiety, stress and other common mental health issues. Events are hosted by Hudson businesses and organizations and are free to the public.

Remaining programs include:

Oct. 9 Helpful Techniques to Reduce Anxiety at noon at the Hope Community Church, 3033 Middleton Road, with Dr. Kevin Feisthamel to help community members reduce anxiety through a variety of helpful techniques.

Oct. 9 Navigating Parenting for Children & adolescents w/Special Needs at 7 p.m. at East Woods Elementary School, 120 N. Hayden Parkway, with Rebecca Szanto for parents and caregivers of special needs children and adolescents.

Oct. 9 Focus on Athletes: Wellness at 7 p.m. at Hudson High School Media Center, 2500 Hudson Aurora Road, with Staci Tessmer about the importance of mental health as it relates to student athletes.

Oct. 9 Good Grief: Am I Losing My Mind? at 7 p.m. at The BRAIN Center, 72 Village Way, with Dr. Claudia Sadler-Gerhardt to focus on grief, and how to navigate the stress that commonly comes with experiencing a loss of any kind.

Oct. 10 Connecting in Marriage and Family at noon at Christ Church Episcopal, 21 Aurora St., with Christie Orosz.

Oct. 10 Dating Violence: In The Know at 7 p.m. at Hudson Town Hall, 27 E. Main St., with Dana Zedak to focus on the dynamics of dating violence and the laws in place to protect victims.

Oct. 10 What Everyone Should Know About Addiction at 7 p.m. at Callahan's Carpet One, 5847 Darrow Road, with Larry Heller on topic of addiction and to learn how to effectively support those who may be suffering from an addiction, spot the signs of addiction, and help those in need of recovery resources.

Oct. 10 Understanding Adolescent Anxiety at 7 p.m. Hudson High School Auditorium for special screening of the documentary "Angst," sponsored by Hudson Community First.

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