PROCLAMATION

A PROCLAMATION TO DESIGNATE MAY 2003

AS  MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

WHEREAS, mental health is critical for our well-being and vitality, as well as that of our families, communities and businesses; and

WHEREAS, the President’s New Freedom Commission declared that mental disorders and mental health problems affect people of all backgrounds and all stages of life, and no one is immune; and

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization found that mental illnesses rank first in terms of causing disability in the United States and, collectively, are the most prevalent health problem in America today—more common than cancer and lung and heart disease combined; and

WHEREAS, one in 10 children has a serious mental health disorder that, if untreated, can lead to school failure, physical illness, substance abuse and even suicide; and

WHEREAS, mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, depression and anxiety disorders are real, common and treatable illnesses; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Surgeon General has found that a range of mental health treatments of documented efficacy exists for most mental disorders; and

WHEREAS, Fauquier County has made a commitment to community-based systems of mental health care for all residents; and

WHEREAS, the National Mental Health Association, the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and their national partners observe Mental Health Month every May to raise awareness and understanding of mental health and illness; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 19th day of May 2003, That the Board does hereby proclaim May 2003 as Mental Health Month in Fauquier County; and, be it

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

 

 

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Harry F. Atherton

Chairman of the Board