Comal Commissioners issue proclamation recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month
May 23, 2023
With representatives from local mental health care providers and other agencies such as Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Centers, River City Advocacy and Counseling Center, First Footing and CASA of Central Texas looking on, Comal County commissioners on May 4 issued a proclamation recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Comal County to promote awareness of resources available in the community.
The proclamation stated, “the importance of overcoming mental health challenges are significant and valuable to individuals, families and our community at large.”
“With early and effective interventions,” the proclamation stated, “those individuals with mental health conditions can recover and lead full, productive lives.”
Proclamations and other events are taking place this month as part of National Mental Health Awareness Month, observed in the U.S. since 1949 to raise awareness about mental health and fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support the millions of people affected by mental illness.
“I’m thankful with what we have in our community,” Jaime Brogan with Hill Country MHDD said. “Although there are service gaps, I know for certain that members of our community are working hard to close them, and it’s up to us to support them in this mission.”
It’s more important, Brogan continued, “for each of us to develop our own awareness of our own mental health and that of those closest to us because before someone calls the crisis line or calls 9-1-1 or verbalizes a need for help, there are often signs that those of us that are closest to them that they may need support.”
After the presentation, group members journeyed across the street to the Main Plaza to place a green ribbon, the symbol of mental health awareness, on the Freundschaftsbaum Friendship Tree.
Awareness of mental health issues and supporting those affected is essential. According to a survey conducted last year by the Kaiser Family Foundation and CNN, 51% of U.S. adults reported that they or a family member had experienced a severe mental health crisis. The survey also found that half of all adults have experienced anxiety or depression during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many warning signs indicate a person may be at risk of suicide. Take it seriously if someone you know is talking about or making plans to hurt themselves. Let them know there is hope and encourage them to call or text 988 for help.
For local help, call the Mobile Crisis Outreach Team of Comal County at 1-877-466-0660 or text 741741.
Confidential crisis support is available for veterans and their loved ones by dialing 988, then pressing 1. Veterans can also text 838255. If someone is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. For more information, visit MAPComal.org.