ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Mayor R.J. Berry stopped by this morning to give us an update on a few initiatives he’s been working hard on. Just recently, he proclaimed the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Though doing this he hopes that we start identifying our resources and where we can use them in helping those who suffer from mental illness.Some of these things include training for police officers and getting youth connected and involved. Thursday is actually also Children’s Mental Health Day; the Mayor hopes that by using texting and smart phones kids will want to connect more.
Another initiative Berry has been a strong force behind is that of pay equity in the city. Berry says Albuquerque is a national leader in adopting policies in closing the gap for pay equality. The Mayor is helping create incentives for local companies who demonstrate they are paying all employees equally.
“There’s a Better Way” is one final initiative the Mayor strongly supports. He says instead of giving a panhandler a quick $5 does not help that person in the long run, instead go online at donateabq.org to donate online to Road Runner Food Bank, where these funds can go much further in helping the homeless.