WHEREAS, mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being; and

WHEREAS, all Americans experience times of difficulty and stress in their lives; and

WHEREAS, prevention is an effective way to reduce the burden of mental health conditions; and

WHEREAS, there is strong research that animal companionship, humor, spirituality, religion, recreation, social connections and work-life balance can help all Americans protect their health and well-being; and

WHEREAS, mental health conditions are real and prevalent in our nation; and

WHEREAS, with effective treatment, those individuals with mental health and other chronic health conditions can recover and lead full, productive lives; and

WHEREAS, each business, school, government agency, healthcare provider, organization and citizen share the burden of mental health problems and has a responsibility to promote mental wellness and support prevention efforts,

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Bettice, do hereby proclaim May 2019 as:

Mental Health Month

in the city of Batesville and call upon the citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and schools in Batesville to recommit our community to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health, the steps our citizens can take to protect their mental health and the need for appropriate and accessible services for all people with mental health conditions.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the city of Batesville, on this 8th day of May 2019.

Mayor Mike Bettice