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Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. The San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group (SLVBHG) has served the SLV for 50 years. We are committed to providing access to quality behavioral health services that enrich lives and promote wellness. We are driven by a profound respect for human dignity and a desire to serve the underrepresented, the disenfranchised, and those who experience behavioral distress.

Mental Health Awareness Month was started in the United States in 1949 by the Mental Health America organization (then known as the National Association for Mental Health). Its purpose is to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses, such as depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse disorder and bipolar disorder; the realities of living with these conditions; and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness. It also aims to draw attention to suicide, which can be precipitated by some mental illnesses. “Mental Health is important, we don’t expect a tractor to run if the engine isn’t being taken care of. A stress reaction is the mind and body’s reaction to unusual demands. Life’s demands can create challenges for everyone at every stage of their life. We at SLVBHG care about the community. We recognize the Valley is resilient and in it’s tough times we are here for you.” Fernando A. Martinez, CEO.