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Mayor Lavelle presented members of the National Alliance of Mental Illness of Orange County (NAMI) with a proclamation for Mental Health Awareness Month at the May 15th Board of Alderman meeting.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
WHEREAS, since 1949, May has officially been observed as Mental Health Awareness Month across the United States; and
WHEREAS, one in four adults experience mental illness in a given year, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and PTSD; and
WHEREAS, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness; and
WHEREAS, NAMI offers education programs to ensure that thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need; and
WHEREAS, NAMI also shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families, and provides volunteer leaders with necessary tools, resources and skills; and
WHEREAS, NAMI has worked to secure better funding for research, and to ensure that mental illness is treated equally to physical illness in insurance plans; and
WHEREAS, to learn more, find support, and/or get involved with NAMI , visit their website at www.nami.org or call their hotline: 800-950-NAMI(6264); and
WHEREAS, Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity to increase public understanding of the importance of mental health, and to promote identification and treatment of mental illness;
WHEREAS, Carrboro is fortunate to have mental health providers in our community, such as Club Nova, that support persons by focusing on their strengths and potential, and address their needs by providing a holistic, caring environment designed to promote rehabilitation and reintegration into the community.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Lydia E. Lavelle, on behalf of the Town of Carrboro do hereby proclaim, May 2018 as “Carrboro Mental Health Awareness Month.” I urge all residents of Carrboro to consider how they might support friends, family members, and community members suffering from mental health challenges in the coming year.
This the 15th day of May, 2018
Mayor Lydia E. Lavelle