May is mental health awareness month

SEGUIN, Texas – On Tuesday morning, Guadalupe County MHMR Board members joined Mayor Don Keil in signing a proclamation declaring May as Mental Health Awareness Month in the City of Seguin.

The board acts in an advisory role to Bluebonnet Trails Community Services who provides mental health services to our city and county. Board Chair, Melanie Musgraves, believes that people suffering from a mental health disorder can receive better care than ever before.

“Our new facility, the Seguin Family Health Center, is now complete and we believe it will improve access to the right kind of care. We offer behavioral health screenings, counseling, case management and substance abuse counseling,” said Musgraves.

Musgraves is proud of the crises services available to the community. She says the Extended Observation Unit housed at GRMC has six beds that allows patients to receive 24 hours to stabilize. This has cut down on the number of people admitted to the San Antonio State Hospital.

According to the proclamation, “The World Health Organization found that mental illnesses rank first in terms of causing disability in the United States and, collectively, are the most prevalent health problem in America today – more common than cancer, and lung and heart disease combined.”

Click here to view proclamation.