May is mental health awareness month, as the Teton County Board of County Commissioners unanimously proclaimed Tuesday.

“We recognize the important work all those in the mental health field in Teton County are carrying out,” Commissioner Mark Newcomb said, “so thanks very much.”

The approved resolution proclaims that mental illness is a leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting one in five adults and one in thirteen kids, and that access to early treatment can improve outcomes and lead to a better quality of life.

Teton County “encourages all citizens, governmental agencies, public, private and educational institutions to recommit our community to increase the understanding and awareness of mental health conditions and the need to reduce stigma related to mental illness, as well as highlight the need for appropriate and accessible mental health services,” it said.

The Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center will host activities, education and events about mental health throughout May, including suicide prevention and mental health first aid trainings. See its Facebook page for information.

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063 or county@jhnewsandguide.com.

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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