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Ask Your Member of Congress to Recognize May as Mental Health Month

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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

Ask Your Member of Congress to Recognize May as Mental Health Month

April 30, 2015 | Take Action | Comments
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Members of Congress are circulating a House Resolution recognizing May as Mental Health Month. Representatives Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) have released a “Dear Colleague” letter asking for support from Members of Congress to help raise awareness and spark important dialogue about federal activities to address mental illness.

“Even with advances in research and science, a powerful stigma still persists about mental illness that we must continually strive to conquer,” write Reps. Matsui and Murphy in their letter. “Those with serious mental illness can and do lead fulfilling lives but only one in three receive treatment. The first step in overcoming stigma is engaging in an honest dialogue on the size and scope of mental illness.”

Every year, one in five Americans will experience a mental health condition, but less than half will receive proper treatment. The public remains largely ignorant about the impact of mental illness on our society – and what we as family member, friends, consumers, and concerned citizens can do to help.

Please join the National Council in urging Congress to support May is Mental Health Month – a month of activities to raise awareness of mental illness and the need to support individuals living in recovery! Take 2 minutes to send your Representative a message today.