Mental Health Association acknowledges the importance of Mental Health Awareness Month

Raising Awareness: Cleveland County’s Mental Health Association Celebrates Mental Health Month with Community Activities

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Mental Health Association of Cleveland County is working to bring attention to and remove the stigma surrounding mental health. The executive director, Melodie McSwain, emphasized the importance of mental health in our overall well-being, highlighting that it impacts how we think, feel, and act. Just like we take care of our physical health, our mental health needs nurturing to lead satisfying lives.

To kick off the month-long celebration, an information booth was set up at the Foothills Farmers Market where attendees had the chance to paint kindness stones. This was followed by a free community art activity at the Eugenia H. Young Memorial Library. Additionally, MHACC has partnered with Cleveland Community College’s Pennington-McIntyre Art Gallery to present an Art Of Mind exhibit exploring how individuals dealing with mental health issues navigate the world. The exhibit will run from May through September and feature an artists’ reception open to the public on Monday at 3:30 p.m.

To conclude the celebration, a Storyteller’s Event will take place at Got Books on Friday, May 24th where speakers will share stories of mental health, resilience and hope. All events throughout the month are free and open to the public. MHACC’s main objective for May is to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health

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