Thank you, Mr. Mayor. I wanted to draw attention to May as National Mental Health Awareness Month and the things we do in this city to promote wellness.
I am such a believer in our parks and rec programming, including our programs for seniors and teens, populations where social connection and physical activity are especially crucial. Our parks and trail system promote mental health by giving us a change of pace and scenery, places to unplug and escape within our city limits.
In Maple Grove, we take actions to support the mental health of our employees. Maple Grove has an employee assistance program for staff and their families through Health Partners with counselors available 24hours a day, 7 days a week. And just last week, council approved a three-year agreement for PeerConnect software application services for all police department staff to help them deal with stressful situations encountered on the job. Maple Grove firefighters have access to resources from the MN Firefighter Initiative (MnFIRE), giving them tools they need to prioritize and protect their health.
I want to encourage everyone to talk to someone if you’re struggling: a friend, family member, or a professional. And if you’re experiencing a mental health crisis, call or text 988 for the national crisis line, or call or text 911 to get help.