MENTAL HEALTH MONTH
WHEREAS: The U.S. Surgeon General states that mental health is fundamental to health, personal well-being, family, and interpersonal relationships, and contributes to community and society; and
WHEREAS: Mental illness affects one in four Americans every year, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or economic status; and
WHEREAS: The U.S. Surgeon General has found that a range of treatments exists for most mental disorders and the efficacy of mental health treatments are well documented; and
WHEREAS: Douglas County, Kansas has made a commitment to community-based systems of mental health care for all residents; and
WHEREAS: The guiding principles of community mental health care have always been comprehensiveness, cost-efficiency, effective management, and high-quality and consumer-responsive services; and
WHEREAS: Mental Health America, the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, and the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center observe Mental Health Month every May to raise awareness and understanding of mental health and illness;
NOW, THEREFORE, THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY, KANSAS, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2011, as
"MENTAL HEALTH MONTH"
in Douglas County and call upon all citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses, and schools to recommit our community to increasing awareness and understanding of mental illness and the need for appropriate and accessible services for all people with mental illness.
Dated this 11h day of May, 2011.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF DOUGLAS COUNTY, KANSAS
Jim Flory, Chairman
Mike Gaughan, Vice-Chair
Nancy Thellman, Member