Mayor Steven Reed recently issued a proclamation recognizing the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month in the City of Montgomery and calling on the community to “increase awareness, support and understanding of mental health.”
Ethel Green, the president of the Montgomery chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness(NAMI), says the organization is “really proud of the proclamation and we really hail Mayor Reed for producing that for us.”
Green says studies have shown that 1 in 5 people in the United States suffers from mental illness and “NAMI recognizes that we have so much mental illness in the world and people with mental illness live a really tough life.”
The proclamation states that “mental health is essential to everyone's overall health and well-being” and recognizes that the stigma surrounding mental illness is one of the main factors that “damages the hope for recovery.”
In light of this the city encourages everyone in the community to take the #stigmafree pledge at nami.org/stigmafree in observance of mental health awareness month.
NAMI is an organization of families, friends and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness and Green says, “this proclamation is an affirmation to us that people recognize that there is a problem out there and people need help”.
NAMI hosted the NAMI Walk on Saturday May 14th at The Waters in Pike Road also be participated in a mental health summit at Fraser Methodist Church the same day.
NAMI Montgomery serves Montgomery, Elmore, Autauga and Lowndes counties. To learn more go to namimontgomery.org or call (334) 221-4376.