Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month brings attention to the widespread issue of mental illness that affects millions of people across America.

Every year, local communities organize events and activities that bring the conversation about mental health into public view.

The origins of Mental Health Awareness Month date back to 1949 when Mental Health America (then known as the National Association for Mental Health) first organized an observance in May as a way to raise awareness and erase the stigma attached to mental illness.

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed every year since and remains a time where those who suffer from mental illness can be reminded of the support available to them and feel a little less alone in their struggles.

Mental illness is a term used to describe mental health conditions that impact mood, thinking, and behavior. These disorders may interfere with a person’s ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis.

Common mental illnesses include:

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness affecting an estimated 48 million people in the U.S per year (19.1%), followed by mood disorders (9.7%).

Symptoms vary depending on the type of mental illness one is struggling with. However, some common symptoms associated with many types of mental illness include:

  • Insomnia
  • Agitation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Social withdrawal
  • Emotional numbness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Excessive fear and worry
  • Self-harm
  • etc.

The signs and symptoms of mental illness can often be confused for various other ailments such as stress, fatigue, or even teenage hormones. 

Other conditions may also mask a person’s true struggle with mental health such as an eating disorderaddiction, or even physical pain that does not have a clear source (such as back pain).

Please watch out for the signs, be there for your family and friends.  Provide the necessary support they need and realize this is not a stigma.  

Mental Health Awareness Month - Bing video

Mental Health Awareness Exercises - Bing video

Mental Health Awareness: The Ultimate Guide [2022] - Mental Health Foundation

 Suicide Prevention     

Preventing Suicides in Construction | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)



Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate our moms and motherly figures in our lives. It’s a day to show how much we care, or remember those who are sadly no longer with us.  This year remember to say that extra prayer, or "I love you mom".  One thing for sure, time is so precious and we do not know how much time we will have with our mother's.   Make each day count!  Make beautiful memories and cherish all the Mother's in our lives.

For all the Mother's, we wish you a Blessed Mother's Day.  

 Mothers Day

There are so many ways we can do our share to save the environment, safe the earth.  Please do what  you can every day to help our beautiful planet stay safe.

Earth Day 2022 | Invest in Our Planet™

DEC Commissioner Seggos Announces Statewide Diesel Truck Emission Enforcement Blitz During Earth Week (govdelivery.com)

During Earth Week, DEC Commissioner Seggos Announces Opening of Hudson Valley Segment of Statewide Birding Trail (govdelivery.com)

Here is what you can do starting this Saturday, April 23rd.  Pitch in to help clean up Woodbury!

pdf Woodbury Cleanup Day April 23, 2022 (71 KB)

Then join Orange County residents in Montgomery, NY on May 7th at the next Hazardous Household Waste Event.

pdf May 2022 HHW Event Flyer Thomas Bull Memorial Park (Montgomery) (185 KB)

On May 14th, 2022 you can also get rid of your electronics and take advantage of paper shredding at the Highway Department!

pdf May 2022 Woodbury Electronics & Paper Shredding Event (226 KB)

Woodbury Residents,

I hope  you enjoy our second Woodbury Monthly Newsletter.  

Best regards,

Supervisor Thomas J. Burke

pdf b. February 2022 Woodbury Monthly Newsletter from Mayor Giacomazza and Supervisor Burke (1.80 MB)

“I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

Please click on the link below to hear Brandon Calore's "Behind the Woodbury Signs" interview with the Woodbury Community Ambulance Team.  

                       Woodbury Community Ambulance - YouTube