Mental health

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A free event designed to provide a space for people of color to discuss and learn about grief is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at My-T-By-Design Therpeutic Art Studio in Fayetteville. Licensed professional counselors will participate in a panel discussion and answer questions from the audience.

Ozark Guidance, Counseling Associates, Mid-South Health Systems and Professional Counseling Associates have signed a Letter of Intent to form a new nonprofit called Arisa Health. Once the merger is complete in early 2020, Arisa Health will have locations in 41 counties in the northern half of Arkansas.

After more than 60 years of service, Mental Health America of Northwest Arkansas will cease operations at the end of 2019. The group will still sponsor the Mental Health Vigil at St. Paul's Epsicopal Church in Fayetteville Sunday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m.

The second annual MINDFest NWA is Sept. 14 at Shiloh Square in Springdale. The free, family-friendly festival includes interactive vendor booths, art installations, food trucks and live music.

Since its debut show in 2014, This Is My Brave has produced more than 50 unique shows across the country featuring more than 700 storytellers sharing personal stories about mental illness. The Northwest Arkansas version is returning to Bentonville for its third year this fall and producers are meeting with potential participants this weekend.