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WHEREAS,mental health is part of overall health; and
WHEREAS,mental health sustains an individual’s thought processes, relationships, productivity, and ability to adapt to change; and
WHEREAS, one in twenty-five adults live with mental illness, such as major depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia; and
WHEREAS, roughly one-half of chronic mental illness begin by the mid-teens and three-fourths by the mid-20s; and
Whereas, early identification and treatment can make a difference in successful management of mental illness and recovery; and
WHEREAS, it is important to maintain mental health and to recognize the symptoms of mental illness and seek help when it is needed; and
WHEREAS, every citizen and community can help end the silence and stigma surrounding mental illness; and
WHEREAS, through public education and civic activities, Virginia remains engaged in the promise to address the challenges facing people with mental illness; and
WHEREAS, Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity to increase public understanding of the importance of mental health and to promote the identification and treatment of mental illness;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 2018 as MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.