Canvases of Hope share stories of hope and survival

JOPLIN, Mo. – Canvases of hope are observed throughout Joplin as the community comes together to share their messages of hope and stories of survival.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, one person dies by suicide every 8.7 minutes – more than 125 per day. In 2020, 32 lives were lost to suicide in Barton, Jasper, Newton and McDonald counties, and Missouri ranked 16th in the United States for death by suicide, losing 1,125 citizens.

On Friday, September 23, Ozark Center Crisis Services observed Suicide Awareness Month by creating canvases of hope throughout the city of Joplin.

The Ozark Center invited community members to stop by and write their messages hope and survival on a painter’s canvas. Ozark Center crisis counselors were also available at each location to share, chat and provide resources. The completed canvases will be displayed in Ozark Center facilities.

About Ozark Center

Ozark Center is based in Joplin, Missouri and has been an entity of Freeman Health System since 1996. It has been providing comprehensive behavioral health services to children, adults, and families since 1965 in an area that includes more than 450,000 residents from the Four States. Ozark Center continually looks for innovative ways to address the behavioral health needs of the community and promote awareness of behavioral health issues in an effort to eliminate the discrimination associated with it. For more information, visit or call 417.347.7600.