Chalk will meet pavement Monday morning outside of Baptist Health Hospital in Richmond. Hospital Lead Navigator for Behavioral Health Katelyn Arvin says the first “Chalk the Walk” event is an opportunity to make hopeful, affirmative messages.
The activity is in connection with National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. Arvin hopes participants will continue the chalking out in the community. “I would love to see all of Richmond or Berea or Madison County communities kind of embellish their sidewalks and their businesses and homes with those hopeful messages as well,” said Arvin.
For young people, Arvin says it’s important to have honest and genuine conversations with all organizations that come in contact with youth. Arvin says there is also the social media component. “And I think there is some good to be had in social media, if it’s used sparingly and correctly. So, really trying to use that for more positive genuine messages versus kind of a highlight reel I think would be a really good way to speak youth language and to reach them,” explained Arvin.
Arvin noted making a visual representation of hope on a sidewalk may seem like a simple act, but it can have a profound effect on observers. “Chalk the Walk” begins at 9:30 Monday morning near the south entrance of the Richmond hospital.
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