Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare System Inc. held a reception May 17 recognizing a proclamation of May as "Mental Health Awareness Month" in the city of Pine Bluff.

Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare System Inc. held a reception May 17 recognizing a proclamation of May as “Mental Health Awareness Month” in the city of Pine Bluff.

“This proclamation helps in the effort to remove the negative stigma from mental health services and to promote mental health services as being just as necessary as physical health services,” said Kathy Harris, SEABHS president and CEO.

Board Chairperson, Noel F. Bryant convened the program by welcoming those in attendance, including Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr., community partners, board members, as well as citizens of Pine Bluff.

Redus presented the proclamation to Harris. The mayor emphasized the importance of community involvement and recognized the services offered by SEABHS as important resources for the people of Pine Bluff and surrounding areas.

SEABHS Clinical Services Director Bessie Lancelin introduced Angela Price, Consumer Council president, who thanked participants including other consumers who acted as guides to reception attendees upon entering the building.

After a brief question and answer period, Harris closed the program.

“Investing in healthy minds could change our community in positive ways unimaginable,” Harris said. “I’m really glad you are all here today, because that means you care, and that makes a difference for all of us.”