LA CROSSE, Wis. ― Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse will light its Cancer and Surgery Center on West Avenue in green the evening of May 25. This special lighting will recognize Mental Health Awareness Month.
Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. May is a time to raise awareness about those living with mental or behavioral health issues and reduce the stigma so many experience.
"Mental Health Awareness month is a great opportunity to let our community know that we care about their mental health needs and they are not alone in their journey," says John Sowders, Ph.D., operations manager of Behavioral Health at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. "Now more than ever, we need to come alongside our community members to help bring hope and healing through collaborative and comprehensive care in health care settings."
Hospitals and health systems play an important role in providing behavioral health care, creating partnerships to address behavioral health issues in nontraditional ways and helping patients find resources available in their community.
"This month should personally challenge each of us to be more aware of the interconnectedness between our mental health and our physical well-being," adds Dr. Sowders. "It is a time to support, encourage and equip our community with the resources they need to navigate their ongoing mental health needs. It's also a time to celebrate with those who have overcome mental health struggles and are living a healthier life."
The campus lighting program brings attention to health-related causes and recognizes significant events. For more information, email Community Engagement.
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Press ContactRick Thiesse