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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Mental Health Awareness Month

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

WHEREAS, everyone experiences times of difficulty and stress throughout their lives, and one in five adults struggles to address a mental health issue in any given year; and,

WHEREAS, people with mental illnesses make important contributions to their families and our communities; and,

WHEREAS, early detection effectively reduces the burden of mental health conditions on individuals and their families; and,

WHEREAS, with early and effective treatment, individuals who suffer with mental health conditions can recover and lead full, productive lives; and,

WHEREAS, research supports specific tools like connecting with others, being physically active and seeking professional help if needed to assist anyone to better handle challenges and protect their health and well-being; and,

WHEREAS, mental health conditions are real and prevalent in our nation, but stigma and fear of discrimination keep many who would benefit from mental health services from seeking help; and,

WHEREAS, every business, school, government agency, healthcare provider, organization and citizen shares the burden of untreated mental health conditions and benefits greatly from promoting wellness and supporting prevention efforts;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize May 2022 as MENTAL HEALTH MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.