Press Release from the Commissioners Office
Baker County Board of Commissioners
1995 Third Street
Baker City, OR 97814
(541) 523-8200

May, 2017 Mental Health Awareness Month
The Baker County Board of Commissioners adopted the following proclamation at their April 19, 2017 Commission Session.

Baker County Proclamation

Mental Health Awareness Month
May, 2017

WHEREAS, one in five Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime and every American is affected or impacted through friends and family; and

WHEREAS, greater public awareness about mental health conditions can change negative attitudes and behaviors towards people with mental health issues; and

WHEREAS, there is a proven connection between good mental health and overall personal health; and

WHEREAS, people with mental health conditions have a greater chance of recovery if given the necessary services and supports in their communities; and

WHEREAS, stigma and fear of discrimination keep many who would benefit from mental health services from seeking help; and

WHEREAS, the mental health of our citizens is essential to the continued well-being and vitality of our families, schools and communities.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Baker County Board of Commissioners does hereby proclaim the month of May, 2017 as Mental Health Awareness Month and call upon government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and schools to recommit our community to increasing awareness and understanding mental health conditions, reducing stigma and discrimination, promoting appropriate and accessible services for all people with mental health conditions.

Done and Dated this 19th day of April, 2017


William Harvey,
Commission Chair

Mark E. Bennett,

Bruce A. Nichols,