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WHEREAS, mental health is part of overall health; and
WHEREAS, mental health sustains individual’s thought processes, relationships, productivity, and ability to adapt to change; and
WHEREAS, one in five adults experience a mental illness, and one in twenty-five adults live with a serious mental illness; and
WHEREAS, roughly one in five youth ages 13 to 18 live with a mental health condition – half develop the condition by age 14; 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 2020 as MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.