Community Encouraged to Participate in Kindness in Chalk May 1-7

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the Brown County Mental Health and Wellness Action Team invites everyone in the communities of New Ulm, Springfield, Sleepy Eye and Comfrey to participate in a “Kindness in Chalk” activity during the week of May 1-7.

Kindness In Chalk

The goal of Kindness in Chalk is to cover the sidewalks in the community with messages and images of love, peace, hope and acceptance with the intention of bringing smiles to the faces of those who need it the most. Students from area schools will also be marking up the sidewalks and entrances to the school with kind, positive messages and images, and area businesses are encouraged to participate by adding messages to their sidewalks, too.

“Sometimes all a person needs to hear or see is something uplifting and positive to get through a rough day,” said Jen Maurer, facilitator for the Heart of New Ulm (HONU).

The Brown County Mental Health and Wellness is one of seven HONU action teams that works throughout Brown County to reduce the stigma of mental health, improve resiliency and improve access to mental health treatment and services. For more information on their work, visit

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