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Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall well-being. Awareness and preventative measures are an effective way to help increase the recovery time among individuals impacted by mental health conditions. Hidalgo County Commissioners Court is committed to helping and passed a proclamation declaring May as Mental Health Awareness Month.All Americans experience times of difficulty and stress in their lives. With effective treatment, those individuals with mental health and other chronic health conditions can recover and lead full, productive lives.In attendance were representatives from Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez' Mental Health Coalition, which was formed to bridge the gap between Hidalgo County, organizations, and constituents to ensure access to treatment and services. Coalition Co-Chair Vivian Tamez thanked Cortez for making mental health one of his priorities and the Court for passing the proclamation.“We are advocates for everyone to end the stigma when it comes to mental health," said Tamez.The proclamation calls for citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses, and schools within Hidalgo County to recommit to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health and of the need for appropriate, accessible services and support for those struggling with mental health conditions and their families.