COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) was honored by the Buckeye Art Therapy Association (BATA) with the “Legislator of the Year Award” for her work in mental health policy, suicide prevention, and awareness regarding mental health. Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art-making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process can be a healing process for the whole individual.


“I am honored and humbled to receive the ‘Legislator of the Year Award’ from the Buckeye Art Therapy Association,” said Rep. Anielski. “Art therapy is such a vital tool in helping individuals deal with trauma and pain. I am happy to advocate its use among patients that need it. I look forward to working closely with BATA in the future to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues, treat those in Ohio who need treatment, and reduce the impact that suicide has on our population.”


Art therapists are master’s level professionals who hold degrees in art therapy or a related field. They are skilled in the application of a variety of art forms for both assessment and treatment.


“The Buckeye Art Therapy Association is thrilled to award Representative Marlene Anielski with the BATA ‘Legislator of the Year Award’ for Outstanding Mental Health Champion. We appreciate her advocacy work that provides opportunities for the success for all specifically focusing on suicide prevention, veteran services, and other vulnerable populations,” said Molly Kometiani, President of the Buckeye Art Therapy Association. “We are also grateful for Rep. Anielski’s dedication to effective mental health services that strengthen the entire community.  Thank you to BATA Publications Chair Diane Fleisch-Hughes who created her award, and congratulations to Rep. Anielski!”


BATA, which represents hundreds of art therapists from across the State of Ohio, hosts its yearly symposium in Columbus in September as well.

 
 
 
  
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