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Mental Health Awareness Month

May 1, 2023

WHEREAS, one in 25 adults today live with a variety of mental health disorders and illnesses, such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, and a growing number of other debilitating behavioral health conditions; and

WHEREAS, mental health includes the way in which an individual functions in their environment and how they handle societal relationships, having the ability to adapt to changing situations, and being able to develop healthy coping strategies; and

WHEREAS, anyone is susceptible to experiencing mental health difficulties, just as we are susceptible to physical health issues and emergencies; and

WHEREAS, addressing complicated mental health needs with coordinated, comprehensive mental health services provides a life line for families and individuals who are struggling with the complex process of locating appropriate treatment protocols; and

WHEREAS, According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness, one in every four patients receiving long-term treatment with an antipsychotic medication will experience Tardive Dyskinesia, which involves involuntary and repetitive body movements; and

WHEREAS, Alaskans must work together to overcome and eliminate the discrimination and stigma that
could deter individuals from seeking consistent support and adequate mental health treatment; and

WHEREAS, mental health providers and professionals, through their unique approach to serving their
clients, are assisting families with individualized, and potentially life-saving, care.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 2023 as:

Mental Health Awareness Month

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to recognize those affected by mental health issues and the important role that support, acceptance, and mental health services play in enriching our lives.

Dated: May 1, 2023