May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, new Steps to Hope support group

Published 12:53 pm Tuesday, May 7, 2024

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As May unfolds, the spotlight turns to mental health awareness, a crucial topic that often dwells in the shadows. In honor of this vital month, Steps to Hope, dedicated to aiding survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, is introducing a new program for the public: “Healing Through Writing: The Power of Journaling & Art.”

Starting on May 8 and recurring on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, Steps to Hope will offer an ongoing series of journaling and art group classes designed to provide therapeutic support and creative expression. These sessions aim to offer a safe space for participants to explore their emotions, reflect on their experiences and embark on a journey of healing.

“Art and writing can serve as powerful tools for healing,” says Project Coordinator and Healing Through Writing Facilitator Becky Collins. “Our goal is to create a supportive community where individuals can explore their feelings, gain insight into their experiences and ultimately find healing and hope.”

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In addition to the group classes, Steps to Hope continues to offer free counseling services for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, as well as their family members.

 “Our organization recognizes that healing is a journey that requires comprehensive support, and our team of dedicated staff, advocates and licensed counselors are committed to providing compassionate care and guidance every step of the way,” says Diane Nelson, Steps to Hope Executive Director.

For those interested in participating in the “Healing Through Writing and Art” classes or who are seeking counseling services, please contact Steps to Hope at 828-894-2340 or email

Steps to Hope is a domestic violence and sexual assault center located in Columbus, serving Polk County and the Upstate. To learn more about the agency and its services, visit


Submitted by Jessica Cashwell