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CHEER builds cottage for children's therapy
CHEER Cottage original
Lisa Hobbs photo A cottage has been added at CHEER Mental Health Center. The area is child-friendly and will be used by therapists to conduct sessions with children and teens. Pictured, from left, are center director Bryan Herriman, CHEER board member and prevention specialist Tammie Gribble, First National Bank representatives Tara Cowan and Kristy Cole, CHEER board member Dianne Gillespie, and Saint Thomas River Park Hospital CEO Dale Humphrey.

CHEER Mental Health Center has established a CHEER Cottage to be utilized for adolescent therapy sessions.

A grand opening ceremony was held Thursday.

“The cottage is intended to be used as an alternate location for therapists at the center working with children and youth to conduct therapy sessions,” said Bryan Herriman, center director. “Many times the office setting may limit the therapy session. Our hope is the kid-friendly location will aid in that process.”  

May has been Mental Health Awareness Month. CHEER Mental Health Association and CHEER Mental Health Center are divisions of Volunteer Behavioral Health.

The cottage is a result of partnerships between the CHEER Mental Health Association, The Steve and Kate Smith Community Trust administered through First National Bank, and the Saint Thomas River Park Community Benefit Fund.

Decorations in the room are designed with bold, bright colors, and welcome children and therapists to the building. The cottage features a chalkboard for children to draw.

CHEER Mental Health Center can be reached at 473-9649 and is located at 120 Omni Drive.