BGSU student helps plan, design mural aimed at improving mental
BOWLING GREEN: A Bowling Green State University student
is creating public good after playing a key role in helping plan
and design a new mural at an area mental health center.
For nearly a year, Frances Griffith, a doctoral student
psychology at BGSU, collaborated with Harbor
Behavioral Health's Connection Center in Bowling Green to create
a mural that would provide recovery, self-empowerment,
self-expression and other benefits for its members. The center,
located at 309 S. Main St., serves as an inclusive space for
people experiencing mental illness to come together and focus on
Completing a placement as community advocate for the Connection
Center, Griffith said members of the center's mural
committee told her the artwork shows how they're all "connected
and capable of doing big things” and are an “integral part of
the community.” Griffith also said the group mentioned that the
project gave them confidence and healthy attitudes.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic presented obstacles for members
who were unable to see each other or loved ones over the past
year. As a result, Griffith and committee members began the
mural design online in summer 2020 while sheltering-in-place for
the pandemic. Members then came together as a committee once the
center reopened to finish the design and paint the mural.
Committee members thank Bradley Scherzer for his help painting
the mural, Walmart for a community grant that made the mural
possible and Cathi Arcuri with Smiley Mail for supply donations.
For more information on the Connection Center, contact Verna
Mullins at 419-354-4200.