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i <br /> �¢M4R1��,Q <br /> ,te�� ��9�, <br /> i"�� ... �^'�'$� <br /> ���u � � �'GobuxY of '�.ehin�tart, �a��ac�ju�ett� <br /> .. t'�A�tG�...N,.� ♦.. <br /> f 1� <br /> SELECT BOARD OFFICE e� <br /> rw <br /> PRO�:"LA��ATION ��� ��� �� n,,, ��� � � <br /> Whereas: the mental health af every individual is essential to the emotional and economic prosperity of families, <br /> neighborhoods,and businesses in Lexington,Massachusetts;and <br /> Whereas: mental health is a key component of every person's overall physical health and emotional well-being; <br /> and <br /> Whereas: all Lexington residents face challenges that impact their mental health regardless af age,race gender, <br /> abilities,ethnicity,sexual arientation,socioeconomic status,or religion;and <br /> Whereas: feelings of personal shame and fears of social stigma and discrimination prevent many living with <br /> mental illness from seeking help;and <br /> Whereas: stigma can be reduced by increasing the awareness of rnental illness and available resources for those <br /> suffering from mental health conditions;and <br /> Whereas: greater public awareness about mental wellness can positively transform attitudes about,and towards, <br /> people with mental iilness,making it easier for our citizens to seek help;and <br /> Whereas: with effective treatment,those individuals with mental health conditions can lead full,productive lives; <br /> and <br /> Whereas: prevention is an effective way to reduce the burden of inental health conditions;and <br /> Whereas: we strive to create a Lexington that supports mental wellness by increasing access to treatment,educating <br /> residents about mental wellness and mental illness,and supporting our loved ones as they seek to improve <br /> their mental heaith;and <br /> Whereas: . there are practical tools that all people can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency. <br /> NOW, THEREFORE, WE, THE SELECT BOARI�of the Town of Lexington,Massachusetts,do hereby proclaim the <br /> month of May to be annually recagnized as <br /> Mental Health Month <br /> in the Town of Lexington to underscore the importance of inental health,eariy screening,public education,and advocacy <br /> for apprapriate and accessible services for all people living with mental health conditions. We call this observance to the <br /> attention of ail our residents with the support of the Lexington Human Services Department and the Lexington Human <br /> Rights Committee. <br /> IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have set our hands and caused the seal of Lexingtan to be affixed herewith on the 25�h of <br /> April 2022. <br /> �•�'`�-� ��fb <br /> JILL 1.HAI,C IR JOSE N.PAT <br /> ��A�1�/�. <br /> Q <br /> SUZANNEE.BARRY DOUGLAS .LUCENTE <br /> MARK D.SANDEEN <br />