Miami Gardens proclaimed May 7, 2016, as Mental Health Awareness Day
On Saturday, May 7, 2016, everyone at Federation of Families and The Youth & Family Center celebrated Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day by hosting a community resource fair right on our parking lot grounds in Miami Gardens. There were free health screenings, we passed out behavioral health information, provided career resources, plus had some music, food, and good ol’ fun!
But perhaps the most surprising part of the day was that the mayor of Miami Gardens proclaimed May 7, 2016, as Mental Health Awareness Day. Read the proclamation in full below, and then check out some photos of the day.
Whereas: Mental health conditions are real and prevalent in our nation. It is appropriate that a day should be set apart each year for the direction of our thoughts toward our mental health and wellbeing; and
Whereas: The need for comprehensive, coordinated mental health services for children, youth, and families places a critical responsibility upon our community; and
Whereas: Federation of Families, Miami-Dade Chapter Inc., through its unique approach to serving children and adolescents, is effectively caring for the mental health needs of children, youth, and families in our community; and
Whereas: The City of Miami Gardens acknowledges the importance of promoting mental awareness and supporting prevention efforts.
NOW, Therefore, Be it resolved, that I, Oliver Gilbert, Mayor of the City of Miami Gardens, Florida, along with my colleagues of the City Council: Felicia Robinson, Lisa C. Davis, Rodney Harris, Lillie Q. Odom, David Williams Jr., and Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro, on behalf of the residents, do hereby proclaim, the 7th day of May as:
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY
in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida. We urge Residents to unite and support a year-round program to address the mental health needs of youth and their families.