The Cove staff

Pictured are The Cove Administrative Coordinator Katie Beard, Director Angel Lutcher and member Victoria Hall.

Spring at The Cove mental health drop-in center in DuBois means new activities, community visitors and recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.

“The Cove” on South Brady Street focuses on providing people a place of resources and friends while working toward recovery.

Director Angel Lutcher says Cove members will be going to area events throughout the month of May, including Casino Day at Luigi’s Villa in DuBois May 21, a wellness celebration in Clarion and an arts show in New Castle.

Getting people out and about is helpful to their state of mind, and provides them fellowship, Lutcher said.

“It shows them a broader picture in mental health,” she said. “It’s not just something in their family or with them. It shows them support in other areas.”

The Cove’s number of participants has almost doubled within the past few weeks, Lutcher said, since people tend to start coming out more once the weather gets nicer. The organization will host holiday events and picnics, too, throughout the summer.

Katie Beard of Rockton is The Cove’s new assistant coordinator. She started out as a volunteer there, and also has experience volunteering with youth.

“I’ve really fallen in love with the heart of this program,” she said.

With Beard’s help, The Cove is looking to bring new things on board, such as having the “Pet Partners” organization visit with therapy dogs and expanding its range of classes. The Cove currently offers life-skills classes like cooking, art therapy and recovery and more.

Local artist Anna Cass of Anna’s Art and Soul in DuBois will teach a class there as well. Bringing local people in helps with the stigma associated with mental health, Lutcher said.

“We have made mental health a ‘certain people’ group, but it’s across the board,” she said.

“People who have had the same struggles come in and talk to them,” Beard adds. “It encourages them to meet someone successful who has been through the same things.”

Victoria Hall of DuBois started coming to The Cove in spring of last year, she said, when her Peerstar LLC specialist brought her there to become more socialized.

“I’ve been here every day since,” she said.

The Cove offers many activities for those struggling with something, Hall said, which is better than being at home consumed in anxious thoughts.

Hall’s biggest struggles are anxiety and being in crowds, she said. She enjoys doing arts and crafts, as well as the many friends she has made at the center.

“It has got me to where I’m not so closed off,” she said. “I’m more active and outgoing. We all chip in here and help each other.”

For more information, visit The Cove Facebook page or call 814-503-8374.

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