Published on May 04, 2022

Ozarks Healthcare Behavioral Health Center (BHC) celebrates Children's Mental Health Week

Ozarks Healthcare’s Behavioral Health Center (BHC) partnered with the West Plains Council on the Arts to host a special art show in celebration of Children’s Mental Health Week, which is recognized each year during the first week of May (National Mental Health Awareness Month).

Students in grades 5-12 were invited from area schools in surrounding counties to show their artistic skills with the theme “It’s Okay not to be Okay.” Winners were selected in two categories: Middle School (fifth to eighth grades) and High School (ninth to twelfth grades). One winner was selected from each county in the Middle School division. First, second, and third place winners were awarded in the High School division. Winners included:

High School:

First Place: “Personal Growth” submitted by Shelby Scott, Lutie School

Second Place: “Remove Your Mask” submitted by Harlie Buchanan and Leah Sullins, Licking School (two-way tie)

Second Place: “I’m Fine Why” submitted by Harlie Buchanan and Leah Sullins, Licking School (two-way tie)

Middle School:

Douglas County: Emma Webster, Skyline School

Howell County: Emilie Brown, West Plains ZPA

Ozark County: Kaitlynn Brown, Lutie School

Texas County: Jordan Willard, Licking School

Wright County: Hadley Wadkins, Mountain Grove School

The show began at the West Plains Civic Center on Sunday, May 1, and will run through Friday, May 6. A special “meet-the-artist” event will be hosted Friday, May 6, at 4 p.m. at the Civic Center. Visitors may view this year’s entries and get a free green ribbon to honor Children’s Mental Health Week.

On Thursday, May 5, at 1:30 p.m., Ozarks Healthcare will be raising awareness for Children’s Mental Health Week by ringing bells virtually on its Facebook page and is encouraging others to do the same on their personal social media accounts. During the early days of mental health treatment, asylums often strictly restrained people who had mental illnesses. With better understanding and treatments, this cruel practice eventually stopped. Now the symbol of Mental Health America, a 300-pound bell in Baltimore, Maryland, serves as a powerful reminder that the invisible chains of misunderstanding and discrimination continue to bind people with mental illnesses. Today, the Mental Health Bell rings out hope for improving mental health and achieving victory over mental illnesses. Over the years, national mental health leaders and other prominent individuals have rung the bell to mark the continued progress in the fight for victory over mental illnesses.

Those who participate on Thursday are asked to use the hashtag #Ring4Hope to join the nationwide recognition efforts of raising awareness of the importance of children’s mental health. 

Ozarks Healthcare’s Behavioral Health Center (BHC) offers efficient and effective mental health services to children and adults including individual, couples, and family counseling. Ozarks Healthcare’s BHC also provides case management, anger management, group therapy, and medication services to help reduce the severity and duration of mental health disorders. A team of psychiatrists, social workers, nurse practitioners, nurses, community support specialists, peer specialists, family support providers, and counselors provide convenient, comprehensive care to keep Ozarks Healthcare’s community mentally healthy.

For more information, visit https://www.ozarkshealthcare.com/services/behavioral-health/.

Ozarks Healthcare is a system of care encompassing primary care and specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare, and home health services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire health system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about Ozarks Healthcare, visit www.OzarksHealthcare.com.

First Place: “Personal Growth” submitted by Shelby Scott, Lutie School

Second Place: “Remove Your Mask” submitted by Harlie Buchanan and Leah Sullins, Licking School (two-way tie)

Second Place: “I’m Fine Why” submitted by Harlie Buchanan and Leah Sullins, Licking School (two-way tie)

Douglas County: Emma Webster, Skyline School

Howell County: Emilie Brown, West Plains ZPA

Ozark County: Kaitlynn Brown, Lutie School

Texas County: Jordan Willard, Licking School

Wright County: Hadley Wadkins, Mountain Grove School

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