WHEREAS, mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being; and

WHEREAS, mental health problems can affect all areas of a person’s life, including school, home and work; and

WHEREAS, mental health problems will strike one in five adults each year regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion or economic status; and

WHEREAS, nearly 30,000 American lives are lost each year to suicide and mental illness; and

WHEREAS, all Americans, from combat veterans to hurricane victims, are vulnerable to chronic mental health problems associated with trauma and can benefit greatly from early identification and treatment; and

WHEREAS, people can recover from mental illness and lead full, productive lives in the community; and

WHEREAS, an estimated two-thirds of adults and young people with mental health problems go without the help they need; and

WHEREAS, the cost of untreated and mistreated mental health and substance abuse problems to American businesses, governments and families has grown to $105 billion annually; and

WHEREAS, each business, school, government agency, healthcare provider, organization and citizen bears the burden of mental health problems and has a responsibility to promote mental wellness; now, therefore, be it

PROCLAIMED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 12th day of April 2007, That the Board does hereby proclaim May 2007 as Mental Health Month in Fauquier County; and, be it

PROCLAIMED FURTHER, That the Board of Supervisors calls upon the citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and schools in Fauquier County to recommit the community to increasing awareness and understanding of mental illness and the need for appropriate and accessible services for all people with mental illnesses.



Harry F. Atherton

Chairman of the Board

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