TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennet has proclaimed the month of May as Mental Health Month.

In addition to the proclamation Monday, Mental Health America is offering residents in Terre Haute the chance to “light up green” for mental health. They are distributing green lightbulbs at their office so folks can light their porches and help raise awareness.

The light’s on the courthouse in Vigo County have been made green in a show of support. Officials say its important to discuss mental health without fear or stigma.

“We have such a negative stigma around mental health and people are scared to talk about it and that needs to stop,” Director of education with Mental Health America of West Central Indiana Leah Myers said. “We need to be able to reach out and help one another because nobody gets through things by themselves. We all need to be there for one another.”

Mayor Bennett added that there is help available for those that are struggling.

“Anybody that you know that might be struggling, especially after COVID, a lot of people are going through a lot of mental health issues, but reach out ya know?” said Bennett. “There’s people here ready to help you. There’s lots of different service providers, lots of different opportunities to get that help you need.”\

Myers says Mental Health America can connect people with a variety of resources and services.