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City Council recognizes 70 years of mental health awareness

May 10, 2019

City Council

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Since 1949, May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month.

Did you know that one in five people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime? Because of the stigma associated with mental illness, many people are too ashamed or embarrassed to seek the help they need for themselves or their loved ones.

During this week’s Council meeting, the Council adopted a resolution offered by Councilor Essaibi-George, recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Boston.

Since 1949, May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month, with the intended purpose of raising awareness, fighting stigma, providing support, educating the public, and advocating for policies that support people with mental illness.

"Erasing stigma enables us to further educate one another and all our loved ones on warning signs and symptoms, and normalize seeking help," said Councilor Essaibi-George. "Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to work together to break through that stigma and express compassion for those who struggle with mental health issues, so that they can help change their lives for the better."