WHEREAS mental health is part of overall health; and

WHEREAS one in five adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year; and

WHEREAS approximately one-half of chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14 and three-quarters by age 24 and long delays—sometimes decades—often occur between the time symptoms first appear and when individuals get help; and

WHEREAS early identification and treatment can make a difference in successful management of mental illness and recovery; and

WHEREAS it is important to maintain mental health and learn the symptoms of mental illness in order to get help when it is needed; and

WHEREAS every citizen and community can make a difference in helping end the silence and stigma that for too long has surrounded mental illness and discouraged people from getting help; and

WHEREAS public education and civic activities can encourage mental health and help improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

NOW THEREFORE, I Mayor Lynn Dollin on behalf of Innisfil Council hereby proclaim October 3 to October 9, 2021 as Mental Illness Awareness Week in the Town of Innisfil.