Derby Arts Center installs chalk wall to promote mental health


DERBY, Kan. (KSNW) – The theme for the new community health chalk wall at the Hubbard Arts Center was revealed on Thursday. The theme is “Mental health IS health”.

The slogan for the walls, “Truth be told, when being honest is the only way to fix it” was inspired by the song “Truth Be Told” by Matthew West, a contemporary Christian artist.

The Derby Recreation Commission (DRC) and the Derby Health Collaborative (DHC) have come together to promote mental health under a grant received from Lowes. The wall is open to anyone wishing to participate in promoting mental health awareness.

Residents are encouraged to use the wall to express their feelings.

DRC complaints that “Denying or avoiding feelings of sanity does not make them go away, nor does it lessen their impact. Noticing and naming emotions gives us the opportunity to step back and make choices about what to do with them.

The mission of the DRC and DHC is to improve mental health awareness, reduce stigma and strengthen community bonds by inspiring people to seek help from the community. They believe it’s more important than ever to have a healthy community that values ​​mental health: a community with people who are willing and committed to solving critical community health issues by making the most of the resources available.

Debbie Williams, Community Wellness Coordinator for the Derby Recreation Commission and Derby Health Collaborative, says: “A lot of people think of mental health as a kind of stigma they shouldn’t be talking about. We say that we take care of our physical body from neck to toe; why don’t we take care of the physical body from the neck down? “

In Sedgwick County alone, one person attempts suicide every 3.3 days. Preliminary data shows that in 2020 there were 108 suicide deaths in the county. There was also a 225% increase in the number of young people hospitalized for mental health reasons alone.

The DRC exists to inspire the highest quality of life and serves residents of Derby and the surrounding areas. They are located at 801 E. Market in Derby, Kan. 67037. For more information, visit their website.


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