NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Mayor Marilyn Hatley offered a proclamation naming May 2014 as Mental Health Month, during a recent council meeting in April.
In her proclamation, Mayor Hatley said that one in four American adults experience a mental illness at some point in their lives, and one in 10 children experience mental illness during their childhood, according to a press release issued by the city.
The mayor added that all Americans experience times of difficulty and stress in their lives, and that there is a strong body of research that supports preventive tools that all Americans can use to better handle the challenges they face in order to protect their health and well-being.
In addition to those tools, effective treatment is key to enable a person who suffers from a mental illness to recover and lead a full, productive life at some point during their lifetime.
By designating the month of May as Mental Health Month, Mayor Hatley placed the shared responsibility on the city's businesses, schools, government agencies, healthcare providers, organizations and citizens to help promote mental wellness and support prevention efforts.
During the same meeting, Mayor Hatley offered a proclamation calling for lupus awareness, according to the release.
Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the body. The immune system attacks the body's cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage.
About 1.5 million people in the United States live with lupus. Ninety percent of those diagnosed with the disease are women in their childbearing years. As many as one in 250 people may develop lupus, the press release stated.
In addition to its debilitating physical impact, lupus has a harmful financial, emotional and social impact.
The Mayor's proclamation offers support for Crowning Lupus, LLC by encouraging residents to participate in and promote the 2014 theme, "Give Lupus Royal Treatment."
Mayor Hatley encouraged all citizens to learn more about lupus, and to support efforts to find a cure for the disease.