NO. R-201.† Senate concurrent resolution recognizing the observance of May as Mental Health Month in Lamoille County.

(S.C.R.29)

Offered by:† Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County.

Offered by:† Representatives Bailey of Hyde Park, Marron of Stowe, Miller of Elmore, Nease of Johnson, Smith of Morristown and Westman of Cambridge.

Whereas, good mental health is critical for our well-being and vitality as well as that of our families, communities, and businesses, and

Whereas, the Presidentís New Freedom Commission has declared that mental health‑related disorders affect persons of all backgrounds, at all stages of life, and no one is immune, and

Whereas, the World Health Organization has found that mental illness ranks first in terms of causing disability in the United States, and is the most prevalent health problem in America today, even more common than cancer and lung and heart disease combined, and

Whereas, one in ten children has a serious mental health disorder which, if left untreated, can lead to school failure, physical illness, substance abuse, and even suicide, and

Whereas, mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety disorders are real, common, and treatable, and

Whereas, the U.S. Surgeon General has found that a range of treatments of documented efficacy exists for mental disorders, and

Whereas, Lamoille County has made a special commitment to a community-based system of mental health care for its residents, which is a statewide model, and

Whereas, each May, in order to raise awareness and understanding of mental health and mental illness issues, the National Mental Health Association and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and their national partners observe Mental Health Month, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the observance of Mental Health Month in Lamoille County, and be it further

Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ifetayo White at the Lamoille County Community Mental Health Center in Morrisville.