Norwalk officials to provide programs to help mental health of residents

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and officials in Norwalk say they are commitment to making mental health a priority.
The city's community service division provides programs and initiatives to benefit the social well-being and health of residents.
Norwalk Schools also have resources for students and families, such as guidance counselor support, yoga and mindfulness classes.
Officials say it's just as important to address mental health as it is physical health.
"People obviously, all the time will talk about a broken arm or a bruise or something else that hurts them. We don't often talk as much as we should about mental health and that's to the detriment of all of our communities," said Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff.
Several bills focusing on mental health challenges were passed by the state Legislature this session, including ones that increased funding for school-based health centers and having mobile crisis service centers open 24 hours.