Jessica Koth | Daily Press
An untitled piece by Debbie Thurston of Cornell graces the middle of the Bonifas Arts Center Powers Gallery. The sculpture is just one of the pieces exploring mental health in the “Journey Through Mental Health” exhibit on display now at the Bonifas.


ESCANABA — The Bonifas Arts Center has invited artists and professionals to do a talking series about mental health during the run of its current exhibit, “Journey Through Mental Health.”

The first talk will take place Monday, Oct. 4, from noon until 2 p.m. and be a training presentation by Veterans Affairs. The VA S.A.V.E. Training program teaches how to act with care and compassion when encountering a veteran who is in a crisis of experiencing suicidal thoughts. Many of the methods that will be discussed can be applied to anyone in crisis regardless of whether or not they are veterans.

The VA will also be bringing a paper crane project — made by and for veterans — to be added to the “Journey Through Mental Health” exhibit.

Other planned talks will be with the artists, Kate Oman and Bri Belanger, who will give their personal testimony on their journeys through mental health. The talks are free to attend.

For more information about these talks and other events happening at the Bonifas, find the Bonifas Arts Center on Facebook.

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