ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today declared May 2021 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Maryland. Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford presented the proclamation during a meeting of the Commission to Study Mental and Behavioral Health in Maryland, which studies Marylanders’ access to mental health services and the link between mental health issues and substance use disorders.
“One of our key priorities is providing resources and support to Marylanders facing mental health challenges,” said Governor Hogan. “It is our responsibility and duty to acknowledge how integral positive mental health is to our success as individuals, as a state, and our nation. If you or anyone you know is struggling, I encourage you to please take the first step and reach out for help.”
Lt. Governor Rutherford, who chairs the commission, emphasized the need to increase the acceptance and understanding around mental and behavioral health issues.
“The Hogan-Rutherford administration is committed to increasing access to crucial mental health resources for all Marylanders, while reducing barriers to treatment like affordability and accessibility,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “Working collaboratively with our local, state, and federal partners will improve safety, quality of life, and health outcomes for those Marylanders and their families.”
Mental Health America recently ranked Maryland among the top ten states with a lower prevalence of mental illness and higher rates of access to care.