To share hope through art by doing art workshops and sharing art created, as well as resource information (suicide prevention material and local resources) with local mental/ behavioral health treatment centers, wellness centers, etc. in Maryland in hopes of increasing mental health awareness, decreasing the stigma around mental and behavioral health struggles, breaking the isolation associated to feeling alone in one’s struggles, and ultimately prevent the devastating deaths caused by suicides, overdoses, drunk drivers, and violence.
[The original mission's statement as of 6/29/2021 mission ended with "and ultimately prevent suicides." The founder, Judith Marie Kuzmak Viers, added on the website include "ultimately prevent the devastating deaths caused by suicides, overdoses, drunk drivers, and violence" because the grief is similarly devastating and all are caused by actions that we hope to prevent. My lived experience with my mental health struggles and losing loved ones to suicide will focus more on the mental health view. I hope the organization grows to also have individuals able to share their story that highlights the importance of getting help with alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, all gun violence, mass shootings, and even the negative effects of war from death to hardships some veterans face].
Donate to Share Hope through Art through the Community Foundation of Carroll County | Westminster, Maryland (carrollcommunityfoundation.org)
Share Hope through Art is under Community Foundation of Carroll County in Maryland.
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Founder's story, motivation, projects: Judy Marie Suicide Prevention - YouTube
FYI I, Judith Viers, have been a patient in the Behavioral Health Unit of different hospitals in Maryland so reaching out to my peers in the hospital to give hope that we can recover and even thrive in life so never give up on life!