The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) is pleased to announce that today, Jim Gibbons, Governor of Nevada, signed a proclamation declaring February 5, 2007, as a day of Mental Health Awareness in that state. February 5th also marks the opening day of the 74th Regular Session of the Nevada legislature. AMHCA commends its member, Louise Sutherland, and others in the state for making the declaration of a mental health awareness day a priority.
AMHCA has been working with Governors and legislatures across the country in an effort to raise mental health awareness. Nevada is the latest of many states across the country to recognize the importance of good mental health. The AMHCA Board of Directors, led by Gail Mears, President of the Association, voted to declare that the 4th Year of Mental Health Awareness will be observed from September 11, 2006 to September 10, 2007.
The campaign is also aimed at promoting the issuance of a United States postage stamp promoting Mental Health Awareness. In July 2002, AMHCA launched a nationwide petition drive in support of a new stamp promoting mental health awareness. We believe it is important to emphasize the positive, progressive nature of recognizing and promoting mental health. The Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC), whose members are appointed by the U.S. Postmaster General, considers proposals for new United States postage stamps.
To see a copy of the proclamation, visit the website for the Office of the Governor at http://gov.state.nv.us/Proclamations.htm