Valdosta teen brings Halloween to local Behavioral Health clinic

| October 27, 2016

By Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

VALDOSTA – Tiffany Evans,16, is making Halloween a fun holiday for everyone.

She came up with the idea to have the very first Halloween party at the Behavioral Health clinic in Valdosta.

It’s not just any party, the games can help others like her overcome personal struggles.

“Don’t be shy like me,” says Evans. “I don’t want them to be isolated in their own little bubble. I want them to be free.”

She wants them to be free of judgement.

She says it’s a place you don’t need to hide behind a costume, and you can just be yourself.

“You don’t know what’s going on in their mind,” says Evans. “You don’t know if they’re thinking about hurting themselves or committing suicide, so I just want to get their mind off that and start thinking about something else, like how much candy I’m going to get today.”

Clemencia Williams Minus agrees with her daughter, and says Tiffany is only one out of millions.

“It can really help other children suffering from depression,” says Williams. “They don’t always have to worry about being popular. She used to always talk about bullying.”

Williams says her daughter suffers from depression.

“There are days that I don’t want her to see me cry,” adds Williams.

She says it’s not just any party, but a celebration of her daughter and her change of heart.

“I just want people to have fun,” says Evans. “Be themselves and be that little kid that had no worries. To be honest, I want people to feel free.”

The clinic had their Halloween bash on Tuesday night, and already look forward to the new tradition next year.

They say October is also Mental Health Awareness Month.

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