Letters to Leaders


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Good morning,

At the Parish Council meeting tonight, I will be presenting a Proclamation recognizing this month as Mental Health Awareness month in St. Tammany Parish.  It is a priority of mine to increase public understanding of mental health and to promote identification and treatment of mental illness in our communities.

As community leaders, it is important that we take initiative to promote mental health awareness.  With the easing of masking restrictions and Phase III guidelines, there will be more opportunities for our citizens to reconnect in our community.  It is my hope that during the month of May, you will join me in encouraging safe and responsible ways for citizens to unwind, take care of themselves, and socialize with others, as recommended by the CDC.

There are two events this month that highlight mental health in our communities:

  • On Saturday, May 8th, Safe Haven Foundation will hold their annual fundraiser, Picnic with a Purpose.  The beneficiary of this year's event is the new Training and Education Center.  For complete details, you may visit picnicwithapurpose.org
  • On Saturday, May 22nd, NAMIWalks St. Tammany will be hosted on the Safe Haven CampusNAMIWalks Your Way: A United Day of Hope is an event that celebrates mental health for all.  A virtual option will also be available for those who cannot physically attend on campus. For more detailed information, visit NAMI St. Tammany here.

As always, should you have questions or if I may be of assistance to you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Stay Safe!


Michael B. Cooper
Parish President


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