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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. Mental Health Awareness Month was started in the United States in 1949 by the Mental Health America organization. During May, Mental Health America, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and the rest of the country raises awareness, reduces the stigma (negative attitudes and misconceptions), provides support, educates the public, and advocates for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. This year marks MHA’s 70th year of celebration!


The Green Ribbon is utilized to recognize Mental Health Awareness.  Many organizations choose to host awareness observances that coincide with Mental Health Month. National Children’s Mental Health Awareness day is one such campaign, which is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in partnership with other non-profit and advocacy organizations. This year it will be on May 9, 2019.


Lake County Schools will support National Children’s Mental Health Awareness day by wearing green on May 9, 2019.