Since 1949, Americans have observed Mental Health Awareness Month, volunteering and taking part in events to help end the stigma of mental illness as well as connect people in need with resources to help themselves and their families.
On May 1, 2017, President Trump signed the proclamation for this year’s National Mental Health Awareness Month. He includes in it some facts that emphasize the tremendous impact of mental illness on the lives of individuals – and why we at Dave’s House work to help these most vulnerable of our community’s members. In part, his proclamation reads:
National Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to recognize the millions of American families affected by mental illness and to redouble our efforts to ensure that those who are suffering get the care and treatment they need. Nearly 10 million Americans suffer from a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. Unfortunately, approximately 60 percent of adults and 50 percent of adolescents with mental illness do not get the treatment or other services they need. As a result, instead of receiving ongoing expert psychiatric care, these individuals often find themselves in emergency rooms, prisons, or living on the streets….
No American should suffer in silence and solitude. During Mental Health Awareness Month, I encourage all Americans to seek to better understand mental illness and to look for opportunities to help those with mental health issues. We must support those in need and remain committed to hope and healing. Through compassion and committed action, we will enrich the spirit of the American people and improve the well-being of our Nation.
Working with our community and mental health professional partners, we will do all we can to help, this year, and every year. Read the full proclamation by clicking button below.