PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Mayor James Barberio presented the Parsippany-Troy Hills Woman’s Club with a proclamation proclaiming the month of May 2015 as Mental Health Month during which time he encourages efforts on public awareness and education related to mental illness.
The proclamation read:
Whereas, mental health is defined as emotional and psychological well-being, which allows individuals to work, enjoy satisfying relationships and participate fully in their communities; and
Whereas, approximately 25 percent of people experience a diagnosable mental health condition in their lifetime; and
Whereas, mental illness accounts for four of the top ten leading causes of disability; and
Whereas, studies show that mental health is a significant component of physical health; and
Whereas, studies have shown that every dollar invested in evidence-based treatment yields $2 to $10 in savings from lost productivity as well as health, criminal justice and other costs; and
Whereas, when offered adequate services, wellness and recovery are possible for all who live with mental illness; and
Whereas, mental health awareness, prevention and education encourage individuals to seek professional and/or social support; and
Whereas, the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of NJ are working together to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to advance treatment opportunities for individuals with mental illness.
Now therefore, I, James R. Barberio, Mayor of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2015 as Mental Health Month during which time I encourage efforts on public awareness and education related to mental illness. I further urge citizens to maintain mental health and learn the symptoms of mental illness in order to get help when it is needed.