Mental Health Month 2015


WHEREAS, mental health helps to sustain an individual’s thought processes, relationships, productivity, and ability to adapt to change or face adversity; and

WHEREAS, one in four adults experiences mental health problems in any given year and such problems can contribute to onset of mental illness; and

WHEREAS, every day millions of Americans and their families live with or work to help those whom are living with a mental illness; and

WHEREAS, it is important to maintain mental health and learn the symptoms of mental illness in order to get help when it is needed; and

WHEREAS, every citizen and community can make a difference in helping end the silence and sitgma that for too long has surrounded mental illness and discouraged people from getting help; and  

WHEREAS, through public education and civic activities Virginia remains engaged in the promise to address the challenges people with mental illness face; and

WHEREAS, Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity to increase public understanding of the importance of mental health and to promote identification and treatment of mental illness;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2015 as MENTAL HEALTH MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.