May, 2015: Mental Health Awareness Month

WHEREAS, mental health is part of overall health; and,

WHEREAS, mental health helps to sustain an individual’s thought processes, relationships, productivity and ability to adapt to change or face adversity; and,

WHEREAS, mental illness adversely affects those abilities and often is life-threatening in nature; and,

WHEREAS, one in four adults experiences mental health problems in any given year and such problems can contribute to onset of mental illness; and,

WHEREAS, one in 17 adults lives with mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia; and,

WHEREAS, approximately one-half of chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14 and three-quarters by age 24; and,

WHEREAS, long delays−sometimes decades−often occur between the time symptoms first appear and when individuals get help; and,

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

WHEREAS, it is important to maintain mental health and learn the symptoms of mental illness in order to get help when it is needed; and,

WHEREAS, every citizen and community can make a difference in helping end the silence and stigma that for too long has surrounded mental illness and discouraged people from getting help;

WHEREAS, public education and civic activities can encourage mental health and help improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, do hereby proclaim May 2015 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Michigan.