Gov. Brownback Declares May Mental Health Awareness Month

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Gov. Sam Brownback wants the state to dedicate itself to increasing awareness for and understanding of mental illness as well as the need for services for people suffering from mental health conditions.

“We are here today to remind Kansans that mental illness is a common, painful experience for many people and their families,” Governor Brownback said. “My administration is working to strengthen the community and institutional supports our state offers those in need of help.”

On Thursday, he signed the proclamation declaring May Mental Health Awareness Month in Kansas.

“Mental illness is often called an invisible illness. Many people are suffering in silence. One in five Americans has experienced mental illness within the past year. It doesn’t discriminate. Anyone can develop a mental illness,” Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Shawn Sullivan said at the proclamation signing ceremony.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services has programs to build safe, healthy, and supportive communities for Kansans suffering from mental illness.

“Attitudes around mental illness are beginning to change, but we still have a long way to go toward being able to discuss mental illness as a health challenge,” Secretary Sullivan said. “Our agency is committed to bringing awareness, recognition and education to the issues surrounding behavioral health.”

Posted by: Nick Viviani

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