Each year in May, members of the health community work to raise awareness about mental health.

During Mental Health Awareness Month, organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness and others strive to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

Angela Wilson: 409-683-5239; angela.wilson@galvnews.com.

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Bailey Jones

A mental health intervention saved my life 30 years ago. Another one brought an aunt back from schizophrenia. Perhaps there would be less stigma associated with "mental illness" if we removed the qualifier "mental". It's just illness - an imbalance in the chemicals that regulate our brains. I liken my episodes of depression to another malady I suffer from - backaches - you don't know where it came from, but you know it will probably be gone in a few days - and if it's bad enough there are drugs available that can treat it. Brains are just another organ - there's no shame in having a wonky one.

Norman Pappous

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