South Texas Behavioral Health Center and Cities to Issue Proclamations for Mental Health Awareness Month


May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and to raise awareness in the community about mental illnesses that often go untreated because of the negative stigma associated with them, South Texas Behavioral Health Center and the cities of Edinburg and McAllen will issue proclamations at short ceremonies throughout the month of May.

The media is invited to attend the ceremonies learn about the types of mental illness, the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and resources in the community available for treating mental illness. The city mayors, Richard Garcia of Edinburg and Jim Darling of McAllen, will read proclamations in support of ending the stigma of mental illness.

South Texas Behavioral Health Center will also recognize the cities’ police departments for their role in identifying patients in need of mental health care. David White, Chief of Police for Edinburg PD, and Victor Rodriguez, Chief of Police for McAllen PD, will speak about the role of law enforcement in community mental health care.

Representatives from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Tropical Texas Behavioral Health will also join city leaders and South Texas Behavioral Health Center administrators and clinicians at the events.

Mental Health Awareness Month Events

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 9 a.m.

Edinburg City Hall, Council Chambers

415 W. University Dr., Edinburg

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 9 a.m.

McAllen City Hall

1300 Houston Ave., McAllen