Mental Health Awareness Month

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Mass on feast of St. Dymphna part of celebration

By Umatuna Si Yu’os

The Department of Mental Health and Social Services and its community partners are celebrating May as National and Local Mental Health Awareness Month.

Archbishop Michael Byrnes will celebrate Mass honoring St. Dymphna, the patron saint of those suffering mental illness at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 19 on the third floor of the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC). A short procession with the statue of St. Dymphna will take place afterward around the parking lot.

The festal celebration of St. Dymphna has been a major part of Mental Health Awareness Month activities on Guam for many years.

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Month this year is “Partnering for Help and Hope”.

“Our mental health fitness like our physical health relates to everything we do in life,” GBHWC officials said in a statement issued this month. “A healthy mental health impacts our daily life functioning just like our physical health does. Bringing awareness on mental health reminds us that our mental health matters and we need to take care of ourselves and of each other.”

Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio led a proclamation signing on Friday, April 28 and the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, April 30 at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica was dedicated to mental health awareness.