May is mental health awareness month, it's designed to bring attention to the need for screening and treatment.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz kicked off a month of activities during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
According to the CDC, about 1 in 5 children have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder.
It also estimates some 45 million adults are living with mental illness.
According to new research, 87 percent of Americans surveyed agree that more mental health support for children and adolescents is needed.