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Art tied to mental health to debut Friday in CL

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Community Partners-Mental Health Awareness for All Annual Art Exhibit opens Friday at the Lakeside Legacy Foundation’s Sage Gallery Arts Park. There will be a First Friday reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Lakeside Legacy Arts Park is at the Historic Dole Mansion, 401 County Club Road in Crystal Lake.

The exhibit of more than 50 works by persons connected with Community Partners runs through November. The annual exhibit is in its fourth year.

Community Partners for Mental Health Awareness formed in 2009 to lessen the stigma of mental illness and to address the increasing need for behavioral health services and decreasing funding for human services.

Works range from group projects submitted by veterans in the Rosecrance substance abuse program to persons receiving services through Turning Point and Family Alliance, individual work by persons connected with McHenry County’s National Alliance for Mental Health, the Social Connections Group, Centegra Health System, Thresholds, NISRA, Options and Advocacy, Jail Brakers and Garden Quarter.

Community Partners, a partnership that includes the McHenry County Mental Health Board, service providers, county government departments, individuals in recovery and their family members, and other volunteers, is working to change the perceptions of mental health through education.

Monthly meetings begin at 5 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at the Mental Health Board, 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake.

For information on First Friday and the Lakeside Legacy Foundation, visit www.lakesidelegacy.org. For information about Community Partners for Mental Health Awareness, call 815-455-2828 or email biehl@mc708.org.

– Northwest Herald

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