Children's Mental Health Awareness Day


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians are important to the happiness, prosperity, and well-being of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and

WHEREAS, it is important to recognize that mental health is a critical component of children’s learning and general health; and

WHEREAS, hundreds of children and adolescents can face emotional disturbances, and only a fraction of those children with emotional disturbances receive treatment; and

WHEREAS, thousands of Virginia children and adolescents (ages 9-17) have serious emotional disturbances, some exhibiting extreme impairment, and it is important to recognize that addressing the complex mental health needs of children, youth, and families is fundamental to the future of our Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, childhood emotional disturbances can persist into adulthood, with many young adults with mental health needs with prior problems, and the cost of unaddressed mental illness to society is high in both human and financial terms; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting to set aside a day to recognize private and public child-serving agencies in Virginia, that work to improve services and meet the mental health needs of children, youth and families in our Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 7, 2015, as CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.