Resolution J1349-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2013 as Mental Health Month in the State of New York



  • Apr 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 19, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim May 2013 as Mental Health Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS, The State of New York takes great  pride  in  participating  in
events designed to raise awareness of serious health issues; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body to memorialize
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2013, as Mental Health Month in
the State of New York, in conjunction with Mental Health America's  "May
is Mental Health Month"; and
  WHEREAS,  Mental  Health  Month  began  in 1949, to raise awareness of
mental health conditions and mental wellness for all; and
  WHEREAS, This year, Mental Health America will address  one  important
issue through its theme: Pathways to Wellness; and
  WHEREAS,  Wellness  is essential to living a full and productive life;
it is about keeping healthy as well as getting healthy; and
  WHEREAS, Wellness involves a set of skills and strategies that prevent
the onset or shorten the duration of illness and  promote  recovery  and
well-being;  it  is  more  than just the absence of disease, it involves
complete general, mental and social well-being and mental health  is  an
essential component of overall health and well-being; and
  WHEREAS,  The  fact  is  our overall well-being is tied to the balance
that exists  between  our  emotional,  physical,  spiritual  and  mental
health;  whatever  the situation, we are all at risk of stress given the
demands of daily life and the challenges it brings at home, at work  and
in life; and
  WHEREAS,  Steps  that  build  and  maintain well-being and help us all
achieve wellness involve  a  balanced  diet,  regular  exercise,  enough
sleep,  a sense of self-worth, development of coping skills that promote
resiliency, emotional awareness, and connections to family, friends  and
community; and
  WHEREAS,  These  steps should be complemented by taking stock of one's
well-being through regular mental health checkups and  screenings;  just
as  people  check blood pressure and get cancer screenings, it is a good
idea to take periodic reading of our emotional well-being; and
  WHEREAS, Fully embracing the concept of  wellness  not  only  improves
health  in the mind, body and spirit, but also maximizes one's potential
to lead a full and productive life; and
  WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater  public  awareness  of
this  health  issue,  and  more must be done to increase activity at the
local, State and national levels; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to proclaim May 2013 as Mental
Health Month in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New


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