Children's Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 Proclamation

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 2 – 8) Proclamation  

WHEREAS, because good mental health is a vital component in a child’s overall development and well-being, Children’s Mental Health Week provides the opportunity to focus on this important matter, while celebrating the accomplishments of children and families affected by mental health concerns; and

WHEREAS, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 6 children between ages 2 and 8 is diagnosed with a mental health condition; and

WHEREAS, research has shown that the early identification and appropriate treatment of mental health disorders among children and adolescents provide them with better opportunities to lead full and productive lives; and

WHEREAS, children and adolescents with mental health challenges and their families benefit from access to timely services and support systems that are family-driven, youth-guided and culturally appropriate; they also benefit from the integration of behavioral health in primary care, education, and child welfare; and

WHEREAS, it is important that children and adolescents, along with their families and communities, learn about warning signs of mental health disorders and where to obtain necessary assistance and treatment; and

WHEREAS, it is imperative that schools, health care providers, families, and the community at large work together to erase the stigma that may accompany mental health challenges in children and adolescents;

NOW, THEREFORE I, Barbarann Keffer, Mayor, do hereby proclaim May 2 – 8, 2021 as

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

in Upper Darby Township and urge my fellow residents to recognize and participate in its observance.



Barbarann Keffer, Mayor

Upper Darby Township

Delaware County, Pennsylvania

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