Charlottesville-area buildings to go green in honor of Mental Health Month | Local news

FROM EMPLOYEE REPORTS

Several buildings in the Charlottesville area will glow green from May 16-20 between dusk and dawn in honor of Mental Health Month, with a ceremony May 16 kicking off the week.

The Albemarle County County Office Building, Charlottesville City Hall, Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, University of Virginia Hospital, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital and downtown mall merchants will light up green this week.

To celebrate the inaugural year of the campaign in the area, the nonprofit Partner for Mental Health will host a lighting ceremony on May 16 at 8 p.m. in the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road. UVa Health System CEO Wendy Horton and Del. Robert Bell (R-Albemarle) will speak, according to a press release.

Mental Health Month was established in 1949 as an annual celebration in the month of May to increase understanding of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. Green is internationally regarded as the symbolic color for awareness of mental illness, bipolar disorder and depression.

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“For so many of the buildings that matter to participate in this effort for greater mental health awareness, it is a sign that this community recognizes the need for improved care and support for people affected by mental illness,” Anna Mendez, executive director of Partner for Mental Health, said in a press release. “We are grateful to Albemarle County and Albemarle County Public Schools, the City of Charlottesville, UVa Hospital, Martha Jefferson Hospital, Friends of Cville Downtown, and the Regional Prison for their willingness to show solidarity with community members living with mental illness and those who love and support them.”

Partner for Mental Health helps people with mental illness or addiction disease in the Charlottesville area to lead self-directed lives in their home communities. For more information about PMH, visit partnerformentalhealth.org.

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