City Hall ‘Shines Light’ on Mental Health Issue

Maurice Ramirez    City Hall appeared decked out in lime green to draw attention to increased strain on everyone’s mental health during the shelter-in-place order. May is Mental Health Month.

In recognition of Mental Health Month and to help ensure those struggling know they are not alone, City staff decided to try something new. Alameda joined other cities across the country and shined a green spotlight on City Hall. Lime green is the official color of mental-health awareness.

A profound effect of the pandemic is more people than ever experiencing mental health challenges with increasing anxiety, depression and even thoughts of suicide. 

Each Mind Matters is California’s mental-health prevention and early intervention campaign. Each May, the campaign draws attention to stigma reduction and suicide prevention with activities throughout the state. This year’s theme is: “Each Mind Matters: Express Yourself.”

“As we celebrate Mental Health Matters Month, we are focusing on how expressing ourselves in different ways can raise awareness about mental health, break down barriers between people, build our own wellness and strengthen our communities,” stated a city press release.

“We invite the public to visit www.eachmindmatters.org to find resources that will support their mental well-being.”  

Visit www.alamedaca.gov/calm for resources to self-calm.