Mayor Roger Rorie has proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Clinton.

Rorie visited Birch Tree Communications on April 23 to present the staff and members with the proclamation.

Birch Tree, with 12 service locations, serves adult men and woman who are working toward recovering from severe mental illnesses. Birch Tree’s mission is to provide support while teaching each member the tools necessary to live rich and successful lives within the community.

In the proclamation, Rorie notes that mental health awareness helps individuals "avoid the significant consequences of untreated anxiety, depression and stress" and helps prevent community violence, abuse and family instability.