Growing Resilience and Empowering Mental Well Being

About Rise Up!

Rise Up! was launched back in the spring of 2022 as a musical way to raise mental health awareness and celebrate the ability to perform a live public concert again after two years of pandemic restrictions. May 18 will mark Herndon UMC’s third annual Rise Up! concert and we are dreaming big this year–partnering with the Fairfax County Community Services Board and the National Alliance on Mental Illness to host a “Day of Hope” for our community that will include free resilience education classes and a resilience fair where people can connect with local mental health and wellness resources. The classes and resilience fair will run from 5-7 pm and the concert will be held at 7 pm.

New sponsors and classes will be added in the coming weeks.  Check back again soon for more information.

This event is not just about growing resilience but also about building awareness for how as a community we can support each others mental well-being and about resources that are available.

5-7 PM FREE Classes & Resilience Fair

FREE Classes will be offered.  Registration should open soon to allow folks to guarantee a seat in the class that they would like to attend.  Course offerings include:

ACE Training from the Community Services Board:

In recent decades, there has been an explosion of new understanding – beginning with the Adverse Childhood Experiences, or “ACE” study – about how and why adversity and trauma can reliably predict risks for mental, physical, behavioral health and productivity in the population.

What’s predictable is preventable – because of recent discoveries in neuroscience, epigenetics, epidemiology, and resilience studies, we can understand how protection, prevention, and resilience promotion can profoundly improve health, safety and productivity, and reduce public and private costs now and for generations to come.

The “Building Resilient Communities and Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences” presentation includes in-depth information about: the neurobiological effects of adversity on development, the impacts of childhood adversity and trauma on population health, and resilience – what we can all do to improve health and well-being across the lifespan. 

Walk-ins welcome while space is available.

Ending the Silence for Students from NAMI Northern Virginia:

NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is a presentation designed for students to learn warning signs of mental health conditions, facts, statistics, and how to get help for themselves or friends. The talk includes two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Students are encouraged to participate in discussions, ask questions, and gain an understanding of an often misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.
Walk-ins welcome while space is available.

Yin Yoga with Meghan Pafumi:

Yin Yoga is a quiet, contemplative practice ideal for both those with zero yoga experience and those with a great deal of it. It is primarily seated, and targets both the connective tissues (mostly of the lower body), and the mind. Yin is open to people of all body conditions. One class helps to calm the mind and stretch the body. Further study helps to improve circulation and flexibility, reduce stress, and increase mental and muscular relaxation. Class members should wear clothes they can move in.  (Class size is limited, so please sign up to reserve your spot.)

The sponsoring organizations listed below will have booths that you can visit to learn more about the resources available in our area to support growing resilience and empowering mental well-being.

Our sponsors and participating partners include:

[This list is still growing.  Check back again soon!]

7 PM Rise Up! Concert

The entire community is invited to a FREE concert in Doe Fellowship Hall at Herndon UMC to finish the day.  Musicians of all ages will offer songs of Hope.  Come hear groups from Herndon High School, Freedom Band, Herndon UMC, and throughout our community.  If you are interested in lending your voice to the Rise Up! Choir or are a musician willing to share your gifts, please click the “Sign Up” button below (or to the right).  Someone will be in touch with you.

A free-will donation will be collected at the concert to support growing resilience in our community.  You can donate today through the “Donate” link.



Is our community’s mental well-being important to you?

We would love to have you join our team in helping grow resilience in our community and build awareness for mental health and for the many resources available in our community.  Contact Shannon Wise, Herndon UMC’s Director of Resilience Outreach to learn more or join our Rise Up Resilience Team. 

Email Shannon at