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Governors Support Mental Health Awareness Month

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Governors Support Mental Health Awareness Month


Governors are taking actions to acknowledge May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Founded in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month aims to provide education, reduce stigma, and advocate for policies that support individuals with mental illness.

Mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression, are common and treatable. One in five Americans experience a mental illness each year, but only half receive treatment.

Governors Actions

Supporting individuals with mental illness and their families has grown as a bipartisan priority for Governors in recent years. To support Mental Health Awareness Month, Governors have taken actions, including the following:

  • Michigan – Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a proclamation that highlights the 988 Crisis Hotline and the Michigan Workplace Mental Health Hub to support employees and employers address workplace mental health.
  • Missouri – Governor Mike Parson issued a proclamation naming a partnership between the Missouri Department of Mental Health and the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) to provide information, treatment resources and promote a public understanding of mental illness. His proclamation also named May 5-11 as Children’s Mental Health…



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