May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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The Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) and the Board of Supervisors have proclaimed May of 2018 as Mental Health Awareness Month, a month dedicated to showing support and opening conversations to help break the stigma of mental illness.

This year’s theme for the month is “Fitness #4mind4Body” and DBH has teamed up with schools, health care organizations, law enforcement and other local entities to support the wellness of individuals, families and communities.

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DBH Director, Dawan Utecht (L) and Exec Director of Nat’l Alliance on Mental Illness, Christina Roup, receive Mental Health Awareness Month proclamation from the Board of Supervisors – May 1, 2018

First launched in 1949 by Mental Health America, May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month for the past 69 years and has become the most highly recognized mental health awareness event in the nation.

Throughout the month people are encouraged to wear Lime Green ribbons in a show of support and to help promote wellness through prevention and early intervention.

Mental health concerns are real and affect many individuals regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or religion. This month and throughout the year, DBH encourages everyone to help bring awareness to mental health and join in efforts to be a part of the change.

Check out what’s happening with California’s Mental Health Movement and how you can get involved at eachmindmatters.org

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