May Declared Mental Health Awareness Month in Noblesville

05/19/2020

Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen has proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month as part of a concerted strategy to increase public awareness of mental health issues and reduce the stigma associated with mental health disorders.

During his proclamation, Jensen encouraged citizens to protect and nurture their mental health and wellbeing through maintaining healthy work-life balances, reducing stress, and creating strong social connections. He reminded residents that we all share the burden of mental health problems and have a responsibility to promote mental wellness and support prevention efforts. Jensen also encouraged residents to seek help when needed.

“As the Mayor of Noblesville, I also call upon the citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and schools in Noblesville to recommit our community to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health, the steps our citizens can take to protect their mental health, and the need for appropriate and accessible services for all people with mental health conditions,” Jensen proclaimed.

Throughout April and May, Jensen has been joined by local therapist Kristen Boice for a live, weekly Mental Health Mondays series at 11 a.m. on the city’s Facebook page. Each week, the two have tackled new subjects to cope with stress and various issues residents have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this week’s Mental Health Mondays live stream, Jensen awarded Kristen Boice a Partner in Progress Award. This award is given to key community partners who are dedicated to the betterment of the City of Noblesville.

During Mental Health Awareness Month, Noblesville joins other governmental, nonprofit, and community partners in raising awareness of mental health issues and services. Sharing personal knowledge and experience of what living with mental illness means can reduce the barriers and stigma associated with individuals seeking mental health treatment to live a longer, healthier life.