Mental Health Awareness Month, also known as Mental Health Month, educates the public about the reality of mental illnesses.
The month also focuses on strategies for attaining mental health and wellness, as well as reducing the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
The Harbor Bridge lights will be lit green, from May 15 until May 18, in observance of Mental Health Awareness Month.
The Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County (BHCNC) is the Local Mental Health Authority, providing services and support to individuals living with mental illness. This year, the Center invites the public to reduce stigma by using the hash tag #stopthestigma on social media platforms, and by wearing a green ribbon. The ribbons will be distributed at BHCNC beginning from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1546 S. Brownlee Blvd. through the end of the month.
Other ways to observe Mental Health Awareness Month are to get a mental health checkup, attend a local community advocacy event, or to get certified in Mental Health First Aid.
18.1% of Americans suffer from depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.
Since 1949, Mental Health America and their affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings.
They welcome other organizations to join us in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about.
This year, the organization has released a toolkit of materials to guide outreach activities with the theme of "Fitness #4Mind4Body".
This year's theme focuses on what individuals can do to be fit for the future, no matter where they are on their own personal journey to health and wellness.