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Mental health awareness murals convey a message of hope, support and optimism


“It’s good not to be well” is the message conveyed by the colorful murals by Houston artist Krista Birnbaum.

It’s a slogan of recognition, an attempt to encourage dialogue and promote emotional healing.

The town of Sugar Land, in partnership with the association Hope of the day, ordered three Hope Project murals for three city parks to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

Hope for the Day is a suicide prevention and mental health organization.

Birnbaum’s “birds”, “flowers” ​​and “butterflies” were placed in Cullinan Park, Brazos River Park and Sugar Land Memorial Park, respectively. In addition to the positive message, the murals also carry a QR code that provides access to mental health resources.

“Project Hope murals allow the community to start a conversation and break down the stigma surrounding mental health,” said Elizabeth Huff, Director of Economic Development at Sugar Land. “Projects like this will increase the resilience of our community while simultaneously supporting our local artists, who are part of our economy which has been significantly affected by COVID 19.”

This project was also intended to support local artists while promoting mental health resources and is funded in partnership with the County of Fort Bend. It’s part of Sugar Land’s #AllInForSLTX initiative, a program that supports local businesses in their response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Town of Sugar Land to support our local artists and address the mental health needs of our community,” said Commissioner Ken R. DeMerchant. “Each mural is unique, captivating and gives access to many mental health resources available via a QR code”

The murals were installed as part of National Suicide Prevention Month. The QR code leads to SugarLandTX.gov/MentalHealth, allowing visitors quick and convenient access to local, state, and federal mental health resources, many of which are free.

For more information on the Project Hope murals or the city’s #AllInForSLTX initiative, email [email protected] or call (281) 275-2229.

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