Non-profit kicks off project to emphasize importance of mental health

Non-profit kicks off project to emphasize importance of mental health
The You Aren’t Alone Project is dedicated to forming support groups for mental health in the Baton Rouge community. (Source: Facebook/You Are Not Alone Project)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A new Baton Rouge non-profit organization is kicking off a project surrounding the importance of mental health and wellness.

The You Aren’t Alone Project is dedicated to forming support groups for mental health in the Baton Rouge community. The project aims to show what living with depression and anxiety looks like and to treat mental health in the same way as physical health.

The project, partnering with Aetna Better Health, is kicking off with a live art show at the Mid City Ballroom on July 26. The event will include a variety of artists and stories of people living with depression and anxiety.

“It really did start off as just an event, a live art event, and now it’s become so much bigger than that,” said Chelsea Borruano, the event coordinator. “All the pieces are kind of like an interpretation of mental health struggles or stories that people have submitted about their journey through mental health.”

Local behavioral health professionals will also be available to offer mental health resources to attendees.

“The most important thing is I want everyone in that room to know when they leave there, that they are not alone in the struggle,” Borruano said.

The event is still accepting artist submissions and is looking for partners to help expand the conversation.

For more information on the You Are Not Alone Project, click here.

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