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Record #: R2017-388   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 5/24/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
Final action:
Title: Declaration of month of May as "National Mental Health Awareness Month" and call on government agencies, institutions, businesses and schools to support mental health awareness
Sponsors: Cardenas, George A.
Attachments: 1. R2017-388.pdf
Related files: R2019-362
Committee on Health & Environmental Protection
May 24,2017 City Council Meeting


WHEREAS, one out of every five Americans suffers a mental health disorder during any given year; and,

WHEREAS, the impact of mental illness reaches families, neighborhoods, schools and the workplace; and

WHEREAS, May has been recognized as national Mental Health Awareness Month since 1949; and,

WHEREAS, mood disorders, including major depression and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for those aged 18—44; and

WHEREAS, one person dies by suicide every 13 minutes and approximately 44,000 Americans took their own lives in the past year; and

WHEREAS, mental health is a key component of everyone's overall physical health and emotional well-being; and

WHEREAS, feelings of personal shame and fears of social discrimination prevent many living with mental illness from seeking help; and

WHEREAS, untreated mental illness leads to greater numbers of emergency department visits, hospitalizations, school drop-outs, and suicides; and

WHEREAS, stigma leads to fear, mistrust, and violence against people with mental illness, who are significantly more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violent crimes; and

WHEREAS, greater public awareness about mental wellness can positively transform attitudes towards people with mental illness, so making it easier for our fellow citizens to seek help; and

WHEREAS, we must empower law enforcement, first responders, doctors, and families to help those with the most severe mental illnesses; to ensure that people with mental illness have access to treatment and services; and to fight the stigma associated with mental illness which can prevent people from seeking care; and

WHEREAS, We must enhance our understanding of mental illness and its relationship to other complex societal challenges, including homelessness and substance abuse; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, That we, the Mayor and the Mem...

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