R 280
2021 -- H 6369
Enacted 05/27/2021

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Speakman, Shekarchi, Blazejewski, Casimiro, Alzate, Potter, Hull, Knight, Carson, and Ajello

Date Introduced: May 27, 2021

     WHEREAS, Every day, millions of people face stigma related to mental illness, causing
many to face their mental health challenges for years without help: and
     WHEREAS, Half of the population will experience some type of mental health challenge
over the course of a lifetime; and
     WHEREAS, In a study by Gomo Health, it was found that nearly 90 percent of people
with mental health problems say that stigma and discrimination have a negative effect on their
lives; and
     WHEREAS, Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in America,
with over 40 million people suffering from it; and
     WHEREAS, Negative stigma can affect people with mental health in many ways
including, decreased feelings of self-worth and self-esteem, delays in seeking or receiving
treatment, increased homelessness and unemployment, and higher rates of incarceration; and
     WHEREAS, The stigma that surrounds mental health puts up a barrier that we all need to
work to take down with a combination of education, awareness, and resources; and
     WHEREAS, In order to overcome the stigma against mental illness in our society, we
must show compassion for those with mental illness, increase access to support systems, talk
openly about mental health, and encourage individuals to seek the help and treatment they need;
now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island hereby
proclaims May 25, 2021, to be "Stop the Stigma Day" and urges communities to increase
awareness and education about mental health issues so that everyone feels comfortable reaching
out for the support they deserve; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Honorable Daniel McKee, Governor of the
State of Rhode Island, Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director, Rhode Department of
Health, and John Brett, PhD, Program Director, Partial Hospitalization Program at Newport