MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Friends and supporters of The Guidance Center of Westchester in Mount Vernon took part in a ceremony this month with the group's "Art of Mental Health Exhibit."
The Westchester County Board of Legislators proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Friends and supporters of The Guidance Center of Westchester took part in the ceremony, which began with the art exhibit that featured works by people, all of whom receive counseling services from TGCW, according to a press release.
As part of the presentation, Dainara Delija, a student who received counseling services from TGCW, shared her personal insight about being a young person who needed support and how reaching out for help changed her life, according to the release.
"Having a mental health issue isn't a choice, but getting help is," Delija said. She will graduate from high school next month and attend college in the fall.
"Every day, county residents with a mental health diagnosis come to The Guidance Center of Westchester to develop new ways to learn, work and thrive," said Amy Gelles, Executive Director. "We thank the Board of Legislators for giving us the opportunity to share some of our clients' works and experiences to show the community that a mental health diagnosis is not a definition of a person's skills, worth or abilities."