Mental Health Awareness Month
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
NAMI Broward, as part of the national movement, works with local government agencies to shine the light on Mental Health thus eradicating the stigma.
The Proclamation signed by Senator Rich and the Broward County Commission, declaring May as Mental Health Awareness month illustrates their commitment to improve the lives of those with mental illness and their families.
To date, in 2020, the following cities and towns in Broward have also signed Proclamations:
- Cooper City
- Coral Springs
- Pembroke Pines
- Town of Davie
Prior to Covid-19, an estimated 27% of people in Broward County lacked health insurance, and this rate has only exacerbated by the economic impact of the pandemic. The pandemic has put undue stress on individuals and families and this, along with isolation, can trigger episodes of anxiety and depression.
The Broward County Commissioners encourage every citizen to educate themselves about mental illness, undergo free mental health and depression screenings and, if necessary, seek treatment for themselves or family members. Partners recognized in this effort are Broward Behavioral Health Coalition (BBHC), Henderson Behavioral Health, Mental Health of America of Southeast Florida and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Broward County to name a few.