County commissioners and representatives from NAMI Southern Nevada, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Hope Means Nevada turned the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign green today in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.
“One out of every five Americans lives with a mental health condition,” Commissioner William McCurdy II said. “NAMI Southern Nevada supports those living with mental health issues and their families and works to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness.”
County Commissioners and representatives from NAMI Southern Nevada and Hope Means Nevada turned on green light bulbs installed on the world-famous “Welcome” sign during a brief ceremony in front of the sign today.
Hope Means Nevada is a statewide initiative focused on reversing the youth suicide trend in Nevada by inspiring a culture of empathy and advocacy around mental health.
The light bulbs, which are usually yellow, surround the border of the sign. Like the famous Las Vegas Strip, the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is in unincorporated Clark County.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.