Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

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

WHEREAS, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one in five children is diagnosed with a mental health condition; and

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

WHEREAS, children and youth with mental health challenges and their families benefit from access to timely services and supports 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 disorder and where to obtain necessary assistance and treatment, and

WHEREAS, obtaining a full and accurate diagnosis of a child requires gathering information from diverse sources, including the family, school and others involved with the child; and

NOW, THEREFORE I, Thomas N. Micozzie, Mayor of Upper Darby Township, along with my fellow members of Upper Darby Council, do hereby proclaim May 7 – 13, 2018 as

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

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