2017 Mental Health Awareness Month


WHEREAS,mental health is part of overall health; and

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, one in twenty-five adults live with mental illness, such as major depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia; and

WHEREAS, roughly one-half of chronic mental illness begin by the mid-teens and three-fourths by the mid-20s;

Whereas, early identification and treatment can make a difference in successful management of mental illness and recovery; 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;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2017 as MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.