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story.lead_photo.caption "Lonely" by a boy, age 7. - Submitted photo

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and the stress and anxiety are great in the community due to the crisis that everyone is facing on a daily basis.

During the month of May, Ouachita Behavioral Health and Wellness will be posting beautiful artwork designed by the children in its CLIMB program, pre-K through fourth-graders, on its Facebook Page.

"The children were asked to create an art piece visibly depicting how some of their mental health difficulties make them feel. After this awareness campaign, we will frame and place their artwork along the hallway of the therapist's offices. We want to stress to everyone how important that it is to seek treatment, even at an early age, if your feelings become too much for you to handle," a news release said.

"Depression and anxiety can start very early in life. It is natural for people to bottle up their emotions because they are afraid of being ridiculed or hurt. However, if we hold on to our emotions for too long, we can end up hurting ourselves leading to anxiety, depression as well as other mental illnesses. Sharing our feelings can relieve the tension caused by stress, fear or anger. It is even good to share if you are happy! So take the time every day to talk to your friends or family about how your day has been. If you do not feel comfortable, talking with a friend or family member you can also come to one of our Walk-in clinics and talk with one of our therapists," it said.

"Our purpose is twofold; to help reduce the stigma around mental health in children and to increase confidence in our children that we currently serve when they walk down our hallways! If you need assistance, please contact your local provider or call us at 800-264-2410."

Business on 05/11/2020

Print Headline: Ouachita Behavioral Health posts artwork from CLIMB program

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