May 2017: Mental Health Awareness Month

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

WHEREAS, mental illnesses are real and prevalent in our nation and half of us will have a mental health diagnosis at some point in our lives; and,

WHEREAS, all Americans experience times of difficulty and stress in their lives, and should feel comfortable in seeking help and support to manage these times; and,

WHEREAS, engaging in prevention, early identification, and early intervention are as effective ways to reduce the burden of mental illnesses as they are to reduce the burden of other chronic conditions; and,

WHEREAS, there is a strong body of research that identifies behavioral health risks and supports specific tools that all Americans can use to protect their health and well-being; and,

WHEREAS, with effective treatment before Stage 4, all individuals with mental illnesses, even serious mental illnesses, can make progress toward recovery and lead full, productive lives; and,

WHEREAS, jails and prisons have often become the default places of custodial care for even nonviolent people with serious mental illnesses; and,

WHEREAS, each business, school, government agency, healthcare provider, organization and citizen have a responsibility to promote mental health and well-being for all;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, do hereby proclaim May 2017 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Michigan.