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Local organization brings awareness to mental health

If you or someone you know needs a bit of help, Border Region Behavioral Health Center spoke out about a program they say will get folks through these difficult times.
Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 7:14 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - January is Mental Wellness Month, a month that highlights the importance of staying healthy mentally and emotionally.

If you or someone you know needs a bit of help, a local organization spoke out about a program they say will get folks through these difficult times.

Mental health can affect your every day life, and that’s why it’s important to encourage kindness since the pandemic continues to affect people in different ways.

Border Region Behavioral Health Center is offering a program called Texans Recovering Together to help individuals who are going through emotional turmoil because of COVID-19.

For almost a year now since the pandemic hit, since the program began the center has seen the challenges our community has been facing, like dealing with the loss of family members, fears of getting infected with the virus, or being fed up with having to do everything isolated and virtually.

It’s led to a high numbers of calls into the local center’s hotline number for people asking for emotional support.

That’s why this week was dedicated to spreading some positivity through “No Name Calling Week.”

On Wednesday, a kindness rock snake was made to create light during a dark time, which stands outside the Border Region Behavioral Health Center building.

On Thursday the community was invited for “Lets Chalk About Kindness,” writing messages that encourage people to not give up. The organizers hope these events go a long way.

“We’re here to encourage,” said Jacqlyn Calderon. “We’re here to help. Its a judge free zone, you don’t even have to tell us your name, it’s completely anonymous and thats the beauty of this project.”

The messages are written outside the sidewalk of the facility in chalk.

Texans Recovering Together tells us that with their counseling efforts they try to avoid having people be sent for further psychiatric assistance elsewhere.

As of now, the program will remain in place through June of this year.

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