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May 2013 is Mental Health Awareness Month in Lakeland
Posted on 5/9/2013
Members of Peace River Center's Recovery Program including Mary Jane Oglesby, Director of Recovery Services and Heather Stambaugh, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Manager were present at the City Commission meeting on May 6, 2013. The group received a Proclamation for Mental Health Awareness Month, from Mayor Gow Fields.
WHEREAS, as much as 26% of the population experiences a mental, behavioral, or emotional issue each year, and
WHEREAS, these issues can result in serious functional impairment, which substantially interfere with, or limits one or more major life activities, and
WHEREAS, 50.6% of children, but only 13.4% of adults, receive mental health treatment within a year’s time, and
WHEREAS, there are two times as many suicides each year than there are homicides, and
WHEREAS, the cost of untreated serious mental illness is estimated to cost society nearly $300 billion each year, and
WHEREAS, stigma about mental illness and seeking mental health services still exists in our culture, and
WHEREAS, Peace River Center works to help, heal, and restore hope to those experiencing mental, behavioral, and emotional issues, while also combating stigma.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GOW B. FIELDS, as Mayor of the City of Lakeland, Florida, do hereby proclaim May 2013, as
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH in the City of Lakeland.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Official Seal of the City of Lakeland to be affixed this 6th day of May 2013.