WASHINGTON, DC – Reps Tim Murphy (PA-18) and Doris Matsui (CA-6) have introduced a bipartisan congressional resolution declaring “May as Mental Health Month.” H. Res. 244, seeks to “remove the stigma associated with mental illness and place emphasis on scientific findings regarding mental health recovery.” And, “promote public awareness of mental health and providing critical information and support to the people and families affected by mental illness.”
Since 1949, May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month to draw attention to the mental health issues impacting nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population.
“For too long, mental illness has been a topic saved for the shadows, often going unmentioned. By designating May as Mental Health Month, we bring stories of courage and recovery out of the shadows and into the bright light of day. During May is Mental Health Month, we strive to inspire thoughtful examination and discussion across the country on our nation's mental health challenges and opportunities,” said Congressman Murphy.
“Mental health care has been ignored for far too long in this country. I am co-leading this Resolution with Representative Murphy to recognize the importance of mental health and the critical need to reduce its stigma,” said Representative Matsui.
To read the text of Congressman Murphy’s Mental Health Awareness Month resolution, please click here.