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Region One Board of Directors Proclaim May as Mental Health Month

The Region One Education Service Center Board of Directors proclaimed May as Mental Health Month. The proclamation, part of a national effort by the organization Mental Health America, encourages each business, school, government agency, health care provider, organization and citizen to share preventive measures to promote mental wellness in all communities.
The proclamation, approved April 18, is one of the first steps taken by the newly created Department of Counseling, Guidance, and Mental Health at Region One, led by Director Yovann Salinas, M.Ed., LPC-S
In addition to providing resources and support for school systems within the eight-county service area, the office will lead the Building Mental Health Leaders Project, a $5.9 million grant aimed to increase school counseling capacity in mental health and social-emotional learning. The grant will also help expand the pool of licensed professional counselors and licensed social workers in the Region. Participating districts include: Brooks County ISD, Donna ISD, Hidalgo ISD, La Joya ISD, Lyford CISD, Rio Grande City Grulla CISD and Webb CISD.
Throughout the month of May, Region One ESC facilities will be illuminated green, for mental health awareness. School systems, as well as surrounding businesses, are invited to join the efforts, which include a week-long awareness campaign in accordance with Mental Health America's theme for mental health awareness - Look Around, Look Within from May 8-12.
On May 9, Region One ESC invites the entire community to its 1st Mental Health Awareness Community Night from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (1900 W. Schunior, Edinburg).
Many factors come into play when it comes to mental health conditions. Spending time outdoors and in nature can help improve mood and decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. 
The following agencies/businesses are invited to set up a booth and share resources and information:
  • Hospitals, Mental Health Clinics, Wellness Clinics
  • Mental Health Providers
  • Fitness Clubs
  • Healthy Food Establishments
  • School Clubs and Organizations Promoting Mental Health, Kindness and Safe Schools
  • Community Organizations (County/City Programs, Law Enforcement, Coalitions/Programs providing support, resources)
To sign up click here and for more information email