File #: 230433    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/11/2023 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/11/2023
Title: Declaring the second week of May 2023 as Children's Mental Health Week in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Vaughn, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Driscoll, Councilmember Phillips, Councilmember Lozada, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Signature23043300


Declaring the second week of May 2023 as Children’s Mental Health Week in the City of Philadelphia.



WHEREAS, Children’s Mental Health Week raises awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and reminds Philadelphians that positive mental health is essential to healthy development; and


WHEREAS, Mental health is an important part of a young person’s health and well-being. Mental health includes children’s mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being. It affects how children think, feel, and act. It also plays a role in how children handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices; and


WHEREAS, Young people across the city are under siege from various life adversities. As a result, many young people experience trauma which can lead to mental illnesses. According to the CDC, 1 in 6 children nationwide have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder; and


WHEREAS, Young people who face racial discrimination are 10% more likely to have a mental health issue, a powerful reminder of how racism and other forms of discrimination continues to harm marginalized communities; and


WHEREAS, Research has shown early identification and appropriate treatment of mental health disorders among young people provides them with better opportunities to lead a full and productive life. Young people in Philadelphia and across the nation must be taught how to handle mental health challenges, so they do not turn to violence and other harmful means to cope; and


WHEREAS, The City of Philadelphia has many agencies focused on serving children and families experiencing mental health challenges. This includes the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, the Office of Children and Families, the Department of Human Services, and more. This body encourages young people and families experiencing mental health challenges to reach out to the City or a healthcare provider, so they can receive the care they deserve; now, therefore, be it


RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, hereby declares the second week of May 2023 as Children’s Mental Health Week in the City of Philadelphia.