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Nashville ‘Mood Walls’ Help People Wear Their Emotions

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Insight Counseling Centers has placed nine “Mood Walls” around Nashville as part of a month-long mental health campaign called The Nashville Mood.

Each wall has 1,000 buttons with 21 different emotions.

“So the idea is, pedestrians walking by take a button off the wall that describes how they’re feeling and literally wear their emotions … to generate conversation around mental health,” said Taylor Cochran, development director of Insight Counseling Centers. “And just to have an open and honest conversation about what’s really going on in people’s lives.”

The walls went up on April 28.

When the campaign began, Cochran said they thought the boards would show people were feeling one or two emotions more than others, but that didn’t happen.

“We thought we were going to gauge, OK, let’s see, people just take joyful first. Or maybe people take more hurt first,” Cochran said. “And then what happened was within 48 to 72 hours, all the buttons were gone. So everybody’s feeling everything.”

Because the campaign has been so popular, Insight Counseling Centers has started another push called Bring Back the Buttons. The organization is trying to raise more money to buy more buttons for the walls.

To donate or find where the walls are located, click here.

The Mood Walls will be up until the end of the month.

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