Historic County Courthouse Illuminated In Green Recognizing Mental Health Awareness

DES MOINES, Iowa – Polk County’s 116 year old  historic courthouse is being adorned with green lights for the month of May to recognize mental health awareness month.


Polk County Board of Supervisors Chair Angela Connolly says, “Mental health and behavioral well-being has always been a priority of Polk County. Awareness of mental health has never been more important after years of COVID 19 and pandemic fatigue. Everyone has been impacted one way or another from the pandemic. Mental health awareness month and this display on one of our most iconic buildings is a reminder for everyone to be aware of their individual mental well-being or that of their loved ones.”


The goal of mental health awareness month is to remove the stigma of mental illness, raise awareness and educate the public. In America, One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists suicide as one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Those with non-emergency mental health needs are encouraged to contact Polk County Behavioral Health and Disability Services at 515-288-0818 or visit online at:

Those experiencing a mental health crisis are encouraged to call 9-1-1. A mobile crisis team including law enforcement and a mental health professional will respond.