Support National Mental Illness Awareness weekAnchor

Better Cupertino would like to remind everyone that mental illness does not define a person’s worth or value. Communities need to exercise more understanding, compassion, acceptance, and financial support for programs that provide help for people at risk for serious mental illness BEFORE they end up becoming a social or financial statistic through suicide, homelessness, self-medication, or problems with the law.

California youth mental health hospitalizations are up 50% since 2007 according to, a program of the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. The National Alliance on Mental Health shares that “one-half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, three-quarters by age 24.6. Despite effective treatments, there are long delays—sometimes decades—between the first onset of symptoms and when people seek and receive treatment. One in 4 adults experience a mental health problem in any given year. Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder and phobias, affect about 18.7 percent of adults. Major depressive disorder affects 6.7 percent of adults, and 1.1 percent of the adult population, live with schizophrenia.” 

Mental Health is ofclick to link to Mento Healthten stigmatized which is a barrier to getting help.  “The prejudice and discrimination of mental illness is as disabling as the illness itself. It undermines people attaining their personal goals and dissuades them from pursuing effective treatments,” says psychological scientist Patrick W. Corrigan of the Illinois Institute of Technology, lead author of a new report on stigma as a significant barrier to care.

The Association of Psychological Science reports: “The desire to avoid public stigma causes individuals to drop out of treatment or avoid it entirely for fear of being associated with negative stereotypes.”

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of NAMI’s efforts to raise mental illness awareness. 

Please write our Mayor and City Council to join in this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week to demonstrate our commitment to support our citizens by making Cupertino #StigmaFree

Here is a Sample Letter to send to:,,,,,

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Subject: Please Sign Proclamation for Cupertino to Join National Mental Awareness Week

Dear Mayor Darcy Paul, Vice Mayor Rod Sinks, Council Member Barry Chang, Council Member Savita Vaidhyanathan, and Council Member Steven Scharf,

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of National Alliance on Mental Illness, “NAMI‘s efforts to raise mental illness awareness.

Please join in this year’s National Mental Illness Awareness Week and help make Cupertino #StigmaFree. Please show support for National Mental Illness Awareness Week by issuing a Formal Proclamation at a City Council meeting, and have a public information forum during Mental Illness Awareness week. This year’s topics are Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Dual Diagnosis, Depression, Schizophrenia & Psychosis

Thank you for your kind support and efforts to make Cupertino #StigmaFree.

Resident Name


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Mayoral and City Council Proclamation for Mental Illness Awareness Week

Whereas mental health is part of overall health; and

Whereas one in four adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year; and

Whereas approximately one-half of chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14 and three-quarters by age 24; and

Whereas suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the 2nd leading cause among young adults, and 90% of people who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness; and

Whereas long delays−sometimes decades−often occur between the time symptoms first appear and when individuals get help; and

Whereas early identification and treatment can make a difference in successful management of mental illness and recovery; and

Whereas it is important to maintain mental health and learn the symptoms of mental illness in order to get help when it is needed; and

Whereas, every citizen and community can make a difference in helping end the silence and stigma that for too long has surrounded mental illness and discouraged people from getting help; and

Whereas public education and civic activities can encourage mental health and help improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, We (Name), (Titles) of (State/City) do hereby proclaim October 1 through October 7, 2018 as Mental Illness Awareness Week in (State/City) to shine a light on mental illness and fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all citizens, businesses, schools and community organizations are encouraged to take #StigmaFree pledge at in observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week.