TEWKSBURY — Congressman Seth Moulton visited the Museum of Public Health at Tewksbury Hospital on Monday in honor of National Public Health Week.
During the museum tour, Moulton, who was joined by State Representatives Tram Nguyen, D-Andover, Vanna Howard, D-Lowell and David Robertson, D-Tewksbury, spoke about his recent work on the mental health supports for Americans, such as the 988 suicide and mental health crisis hotline launched this summer.
“Similarly, if you wake up at midnight and your house is on fire, you don’t need to look in a phone book to dial 911, if you wake up at midnight and you or a loved one have a sanity, you can dial 988,” Moulton said. “This is just one example of the work we do that continues the tradition of work we have seen at the museum. … This is going to save thousands of lives the day it goes live, and we don’t want to miss a single one.
Nguyen and Howard said they are working on amendments to the state budget that would fund mental health services locally and statewide.
“Mental health is a major issue, especially in our schools,” Nguyen said. “How can we ensure they have the resources to survive and thrive as we all resume our in-person activities?”
She added that Tewksbury’s legislative delegation is working to secure more fiscal support for its public safety services, which often have to respond to calls from the hospital.
Museum of Public Health President Al DeMaria explained that National Public Health Week is celebrated each year to raise awareness on the ground, and said he was glad lawmakers were able to visit to honor the annual event.
“It’s a whole week because it’s so long. People don’t realize all the different aspects,” he said. “We are very happy that they were able to participate and raise awareness of both Public Health Week and the Museum of Public Health. »