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Governor Ricketts Proclaims May Mental Health Awareness Month

Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

WHEREAS, Mental Health is essential to everyone's overall health and well-being; and

WHEREAS, Prevention is an effective way to reduce the burden of mental health conditions and that Nebraskans can take the time to screen for physical health issues, we also need to do the same for our mental health and well-being; and

WHEREAS, Mental health conditions are real and prevalent across our state with over 62,000 Nebraskans suffering from serious mental illness; and

WHEREAS, Early and effective diagnosis and treatment can lead to recovery and full and productive lives; and

WHEREAS, Mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse and addiction is a public health condition affecting thousands of Nebraska's citizens of all ages; and

WHEREAS, Each business, school, healthcare provider, organization, family and citizen share in the burden of behavioral health problems and will equally share in the success of accessible and effective prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Pete Ricketts, Governor of the State of Nebraska, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM the month of May 2015, as

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

the week of May 11-7, 2015 as

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

in Nebraska, and I do hereby urge all citizens to take due note of the observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand, and cause the Great Seal of Nebraska to be affixed this Thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord Two Thousand Fifteen.

Attest:

Pete Ricketts
Governor

John Gale
Secretary of State