Las Cruces is Going Green for Mental Health on May 28th- #GoGreen4MH

Mesilla Valley Hospital Partners with the City of Las Cruces to Recognize May as Mental Health Month with a Campaign to “#GoGreen4MH” on May 28th

Las Cruces, NM (May 18, 2020) – Mesilla Valley Hospital is celebrating Mental Health Month for the entire month of May, and will recognize Thursday, May 28 as, “#GoGreen4MH” Day. This is an outreach initiative spearheaded by Mesilla Valley Hospital, in partnership with the City of Las Cruces, aimed at getting the community involved to promote mental health awareness.

“Now, more than ever, it’s important we create awareness for mental health and let people know it’s OK to ask for help,” said Mesilla Valley Hospital CEO Anna Laliotis. “Go Green for Mental Health Day will be a way for the entire community to participate and spread the word.”

During the May 18 City of Las Cruces City Council meeting, Mayor Ken Miyagishima and members of the City Council proclaimed May as Mental Health Month, and May 28 as “Go Green for Mental Health” Day.

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The goal of the “#GoGreen4MH” Day is to encourage the community to participate by wearing lime green ribbons; tying lime green bows outside businesses, agencies and homes; and to spread the word by posting photos of all efforts of the campaign on social media with the hashtag #GoGreen4MH.

“It would be amazing to have a sea of lime green wash over Las Cruces to promote mental health awareness,” said Laliotis. “With the overall message of letting people know that help is available and it’s OK to ask for help.”

Mesilla Valley Hospital is highlighting and incorporating Mental Health America’s public service campaign, #Tools2Thrive, which promotes the fact there are many actions individuals can take to prioritize their mental health, to build resiliency in the face of trauma and obstacles, to support those who are struggling, and to work towards a path of recovery. One of the easiest tools for someone to utilize is taking a mental health screening at www.mhascreening.org.

“A screening is a confidential and quick way for individuals to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental health conditions,” said Las Cruces Mayor Pro Tem Kasandra Gandara. “This is one reason we, at the City of Las Cruces, have included a link to the Mental Health America screening tool on the City’s website at: www.las-cruces.org.”

According to Mental Health America, the tools each individual uses to stay mentally healthy will vary and be unique. However, Mesilla Valley Hospital and the City of Las Cruces wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is possible. When people develop their own #Tools2Thrive, it is possible for them to find a balance between work and play, between the ups and downs of life, and between physical health and mental health.

Mesilla Valley Hospital and the City of Las Cruces welcome participation by healthcare providers, organizations, businesses, and community members to spread the word throughout May. Anyone with questions may contact Jeanne Resendez, Mesilla Valley Hospital’s Director of Business Development at 575.640.5119 or jeanne.resendez@uhsinc.com.

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