Today, April 30th, 2021, President Joseph Biden signed a Proclamation declaring May 2021 as National Mental Health Awareness Month.
“Even before COVID-19, the prevalence of mental health conditions in our Nation was on the rise. In 2019, nearly 52 million adults experienced some form of mental illness. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that one in four adults reported experiencing symptoms of an anxiety or depressive disorder in February 2021 — a significant increase from the prior year. Youth mental health is also worsening, with nearly 10 percent of America’s youth reporting severe depression. We must treat this as the public health crisis that it is and reverse this trend.”, President Biden said in a statement.
First Responders and Veterans experience mental health issues, including suicide and suicidal ideation many times higher than the general population. Covid-19 compounds these issues in a population that already struggles with finding appropriate crisis services to meet their needs. We stand with President Biden in addressing these issues by providing a means to access this needed help in an environment that is comfortable and familiar.
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Read the full proclamation here.