State of South Carolina
WHEREAS, the mental health of our residents is essential to the continued well-being and vitality of our families, business, and communities; and
WHEREAS, in South Carolina, one in five people have some type of mental illness, with approximately 5.5 percent of the adult population suffering from severe mental illness; and
WHEREAS, an estimated 50,000 South Carolinians have a severe long term mental illness, such as schizophrenia and depression; and
WHEREAS, the 2010 observance of Mental Health Month will help raise awareness of mental health, mental illnesses, and insurance discrimination against people with mental illness while delivering the message that, with proper treatment, recovery is possible.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mark Sanford, Governor of the Great State of South Carolina, do hereby proclaim May 2010 as
MENTAL HEALTH MONTH
throughout the state and encourage all South Carolinians to work together to increase understanding of mental illness and to raise awareness of the need for appropriate and accessible mental health services.