COLUMBIA - Mayor Brian Treece declared May as Mental Health Awareness Month in a press conference Monday morning.

The Mayor was joined by medical professionals from around Columbia.

Columbia declares May as Mental Health Awareness Month

Back row, from left Dana Harris, Leigh Spence, Scott Clardy and Adielle Ehret. Middle from left Garima Singh and Erin Harris. Front row, from left Mayor Brian Treece, Mat Gass.

"Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity to increase public understanding of the importance of mental health," Treece said. "Promoting mental wellness in children, youth and adults is critical to productivity and ability to face adversity."

Mayor Treece said he hopes that this declaration will help emphasize that mental health is a big part of everyone's overall health.

The proclamation called for citizens and businesses in Columbia to commit to increasing the understanding and awareness of mental health and the steps residents can take to protect their mental health.

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