By Former Client

Aristotle once said that the aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. For many individuals with eating disorders, this statement rings true.

For this reason, in an effort to promote eating disorder education and awareness, Walden Behavioral Care’s Northampton clinic, located at 109 Main St., will be hosting an art show entitled, “Art for Life” on October 12th from 6-9 p.m. The event will feature anonymous, creative works submitted by current and former Walden clients who have received or are receiving  services at each of its five locations.

“Art helps our clients, during and after treatment, express their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness and experience personal growth,” said Jennifer Smith, director of the Walden Behavioral Care clinics in Northampton and South Windsor, CT. “Our hope is by sharing their work with the Northampton community people will not only begin to understand the pain and suffering individuals with eating disorders go through, but will also see that with effective treatment there is hope for recovery.”

In addition to the paintings, poetry and collage that will be displayed throughout the clinic, eating disorder statistics will also accompany the art work. The statistics are meant educate attendees about the impact eating disorders have on our country.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and Walden Behavioral Care staff will be available to answer questions regarding Walden’s treatment services. For additional information, contact Jessica Jacobs at 860-533-4672 or