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Governor Ricketts discusses importance of good mental health

Gov. Pete Ricketts addressed the public today in an effort to raise awareness and support for...
Gov. Pete Ricketts addressed the public today in an effort to raise awareness and support for Suicide Awareness Month.
Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 10:20 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - September is recognized nationwide as Suicide Prevention Month and National Recovery Month. Now Governor Pete Ricketts is putting a focus on the two and encouraging Nebraskans to take care of their mental health.

The governor signed a proclamation this week to make it official after saying the state is known for having some of the best mental health in the country.

He encouraged people to take it seriously and reach out for help if they need it.

“One of the things we always want to stress is that we should be taking care of our mental health just the way we take care of our physical health,” Gov. Ricketts said. “We really want to raise awareness such as suicide prevention so we can get in touch with our friends, family and neighbors who may need help.”

The Governor also talked about how stress can play a factor in poor mental health and said Nebraskans have been stressed for a few years now.

“Back in 2019, we started doing a survey of folks and we saw that through the flood and into the pandemic increased signs of stress and things like depression, anxiety and so forth,” he said.

If you or someone you know is struggling, there is help and people you can talk to. The National Suicide Hotline can be reached at 800-273-8255.

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