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File #: 21-0285    Version: 1 Name: RECOGNIZING MAY AS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
Type: Resolution Status: In Committee
File created: 5/7/2021 In control: Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations
On agenda: 5/11/2021 Final action:
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING MAY AS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH IN THE FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT OF COOK COUNTY WHEREAS, mental health is essential to everyone's overall health and well-being; and WHEREAS, According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year. 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year. 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year,50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, 75% by age 24 and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34; and WHEREAS, all Americans face challenges in life that can impact their mental health, whether it is due to the loss of a loved one, socioeconomics circumstances and especially during a pandemic; and WHEREAS, mental health conditions are real and prevalent in our nation according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA),for adults aged 18 or older, the percenta...
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

 

RECOGNIZING MAY AS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH IN THE FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT OF COOK COUNTY

 

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

 

WHEREAS, According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year. 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year. 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year,50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, 75% by age 24 and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34; and

 

WHEREAS, all Americans face challenges in life that can impact their mental health, whether it is due to the loss of a loved one, socioeconomics circumstances and especially during a pandemic; and

 

WHEREAS, mental health conditions are real and prevalent in our nation according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA),for adults aged 18 or older, the percentage who had any mental illness (AMI) in the past year increased from 17.7 percent (or 39.8 million people) in 2008 to 20.6 percent (or 51.5 million people) in 2019. Over that same period, the percentage who had serious mental illness (SMI) in the past year increased from 3.7 percent (or 8.3 million people) to 5.2 percent (or 13.1 million people); and

 

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

 

WHEREAS, there are practical tools that all people can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency, which include exercise, increase sleep, positive thinking and healthy diet; and

 

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

 

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

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Cook County will: Led by the Cook County Board President and the Cook County Board of Commissioners (County Board), in collaboration with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County to commit to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health issues, 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; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, We established May as Mental health Awareness Month in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, We establish May, 19th as  Mental Health Awareness Day in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the County Board hereby supports the efforts of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County to raise awareness of mental health issues and the importance of maintaining ones mental health; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee meet to discuss the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s outreach in regards to mental health awareness.

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