Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Mental health is an essential part of the overall health and well-being for all residents of the Commonwealth; and
Whereas One in four Americans face some form of mental illness each year; and
Whereas Prevention and education are effective ways to reduce the burden of mental health conditions on those affected; and
Whereas It is important that all individuals learn about mental health and how to obtain the necessary services and support so that those living with mental health conditions can seek and receive the assistance they need to recover; and
Whereas Through public awareness and education, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to eliminate the barriers that keep people from seeking treatment, and to help individuals affected by mental illness lead full, productive lives,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 2013, to be,
MENTAL HEALTH MONTH
And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-first day of March, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth