Released: May 4, 2023
Delaware County Council recognized May as Mental Health Awareness Month and May 7-13 as National Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Week during the May 3 public Council Meeting.
National Mental Health Awareness Month is designated to creating awareness and promoting acceptance of mental illnesses and working to remove the stigma associated with mental illness. The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Month is “Look Around, Look Within”, identifying how the area we live in plays a significant role in residents’ health and well-being.
National Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Week will be held May 7-13, 2023. This year’s theme is “Accept. Advocate. Act.” The theme was created to promote the change in attitudes, behaviors, and systems, and how children’s mental health is viewed. Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Week also reinforces that positive mental health is essential to a child’s development.
With early and effective interventions, people with mental health conditions can lead full and productive lives. Raising awareness about mental health can help to reduce the stigma surrounding behavioral health issues. In Delaware County, we are fortunate to have an extensive System of Care, through the Department of Human Services and Office of Behavioral Health, that help residents access the services and resources they need to address the mental health needs of residents of all ages across the county.