Mayoral Proclamation for Mental Health Awareness Month

Whereas mental health is part of overall health; and

Whereas one in five adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year; and

Whereas approximately one-half of chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14 and three-quarters by age 24; and

Whereas suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the 2nd leading cause among young adults, and 90% of people who die by suicide had shown symptoms of a mental health condition, according to interviews with family, friends and medical professionals; and

Whereas long delays-sometimes decades-often occur between the time symptoms first appear and when individuals get help; 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 learn the symptoms of mental  illness in order to get help when it is needed; and

Whereas, every citizen and community can make a difference in helping end the silence and stigma that for too long has surrounded mental illness and discouraged people from getting help; and

Whereas public education and civic activities can encourage mental health and help improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, I Ryan Fitzthum, Mayor of Sartell, MN do hereby proclaim May 2021 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Sartell, MN to shine a light on mental illness and fight discrimination, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.

Ryan Fitzthum Mayor of Sartell