MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials are joining a national movement to raise awareness about mental health.
County Executive PJ Wendel declared May Mental Health Awareness Month in a video Monday.
First observed in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month aims to educate the public about mental health, provide support for those with mental illness and combat stigmas surrounding the disease.
“Mental health struggles exist to varying degrees in our daily lives,” said Wendel. “The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these and created new ones. It is important as a County that we are all properly supported to face these struggles, and we are fortunate to have tools available locally to do so.”
The county’s Department of Mental Hygiene is also launching a social media campaign highlighting both local and national resources available to benefit all community members.
The agency has Chemical Dependency Clinics in Jamestown and Dunkirk to help those struggling.