CHAPTER 403

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, mental illness is no longer hopeless, as evidenced by the increased rates of improvement and recovery in mental hospitals; and

WHEREAS, recovery from mental illness is dependent on early and proper treatment; and

WHEREAS, many mental hospital patients are being denied the chance for recovery because mental hospitals lack adequate staff, equipment and medical supplies to provide all their patients with early and proper treatment; and

WHEREAS, mental disorders can be checked in their early stages; and

WHEREAS, the failure to provide early care, through mental health clinics, guidance services and mental health programs in schools and industry, results in severe illness and hospitalization for many; and

WHEREAS, these conditions can be remedied by concerted action of the citizens of our state; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim the week of April 28 through May 4, 1957, as

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK

in Delaware, and call upon the citizens of our state to help the mentally ill by working together for improved care and treatment of mental hospital patients and for the creation of community mental health services for the prevention and early treatment of mental disorders.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover this Twenty-third day of April in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty-seven and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-first.

(GREAT SEAL)

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State