Luján Introduces Resolution to Recognize May as Mental Health Awareness Month

Washington, D.C. – This month, U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) introduced a resolution to recognize May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. Since 1949, May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when advocates and activists across the country draw attention to the mental health issues that affect as many as one in four Americans. Today, more people die from suicide in the United States than from traffic accidents or homicides, and we lose 17 veterans to suicide daily.

“Prioritizing, understanding, and destigmatizing mental health is crucial for creating a healthier, stronger society where everyone can get the support they need,” said Luján.“Being open about mental health makes it easier for people to reach out for help and access the resources they need. As Mental Health Awareness Month wraps up, I’m proud to shine a light on this important issue and underscore that mental health matters.”

Unfortunately, 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. National Mental Health Awareness Month is a time when we work together to break through that stigma. We express compassion for those who struggle with mental health issues, and we draw attention to the proven methods that can help change their lives for the better.

Americans experiencing a mental health crisis can call the 988 hotline for assistance. The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7 support.

Full text of the resolution is available HERE.



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