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May Recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month by BernCo Commission


At its April 23 administrative meeting the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners recognized May 2019 as Mental Health Awareness Month.

Mental health is essential to overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are real and prevalent in our nation.

An estimated 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year; approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities; and approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life.

There is a strong body of research that supports specific tools that all Americans can use to better handle challenges, and protect their health and well-being.

We have far too often witnessed the tragic consequences of untreated mental illness in our community from substance abuse to homelessness and incarceration. With early and effective treatment, those individuals with mental illnesses can recover and lead full, productive lives.

Each business, school, government agency, healthcare provider, organization and citizen shares the burden of mental illnesses and has a responsibility to promote mental wellness and support prevention efforts.

The Bernalillo County Commission has prioritized developing a behavioral health continuum to meet the needs of consumers, family members, and constituents as a whol.

The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners has vetted and approved Behavioral Health Initiative funding for 19 community programs through four community based subcommittees: Crisis Services, Community Supports, Housing, Prevention, Intervention, and Harm Reduction.

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