Two Muskoka-style ‘listening chairs’ promoting empathy, compassion and resiliency can now be found at OUTLoud North Bay.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, North Bay and District, set up the chairs at various community events during Mental Health Week in May.
People were able to share what was on their mind with someone who was there to listen without judgement and decorate the two chairs with positive words and images.
“OUTLoud seems like the perfect place for them,” says CMHA North Bay and District CEO Mary Davis. “And after the recent disturbing instances of hateful online attacks and acts of vandalism, messages of compassion and understanding are more necessary than ever.”
OUTLoud North Bay was a member of the CMHA Mental Health Week 2022 organizing committee and hosted a Wellness Day information fair that highlighted youth mental health services available in this area.
“We are truly grateful for the partnerships in our community,” says Seth Compton, executive director OutLoud North Bay. “We are excited to add these chairs to our space. It’s great to see messages of hope, especially after everything that has happened. These messages will be a light for the kids.”