Mental Health Awareness Month Held In Nashville

Posted at 7:31 AM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2018-07-25 13:49:27-04

According to Mental Health America, more than 40 million Americans have a mental health condition. That's about one-in-five. But about 57 percent of adults suffering with mental illness don't get any treatment at all.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and now a new campaign wants you to "Choose Your Mood."

Now, Insight Counseling Centers is using a simple wall to help get the conversation started and reduce the stigma of mental health issues like depression and anxiety. 

"[We're] making it normal. That you're not the only person feelings those things," said Taylor Cochran, with Insight Counseling Centers.

"The need is there. We don't want the need to exist but it is and we have to do something about it," he said. 

This "mood wall" is downtown in the UBS lobby, but there are several other walls like this one throughout Middle Tennessee.

"In Davidson, Williamson and Rutherford counties," said Cochran. "Each wall has 21 different emotions, 21 stickers. The idea is for people to take a sticker off the wall and that describes how they're feeling and literally wear their emotions."

The campaign was launched on May 1 and Insight said these stickers have been going fast. About 65-70,000 already.  

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