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,


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

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts