Mental Health Month 2016


WHEREAS, mental health sustains an individual’s thought processes, relationships, productivity, and ability to adapt to change; and

WHEREAS, one in five 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 love and support those living with a mental illness; and

WHEREAS, it is important to maintain mental health and to recognize the symptoms of mental illness and seek help when it is needed; and

WHEREAS, every citizen and community can help end the silence and stigma surrounding mental illness; and  

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

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

WHEREAS, this year’s theme Life with a Mental Illness will call on individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like for them in words, pictures, and video;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2016 as MENTAL HEALTH MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.