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WHEREAS it is the intention of the Mayor and Council of Cherry Hill Township to focus attention on noteworthy occasions and individuals; and
WHEREAS on Sunday, May 17, 2015, Temple Emanuel will host a community-wide Expo on Mental Health to educate the public about issues related to mental health; and
WHEREAS mental illness is an often invisible affliction facing millions of Americans of all ages, races and backgrounds, and which can be overwhelming for both those afflicted, and those who love and surround these individuals; and
WHEREAS this Expo is the culmination of a yearlong effort by Temple Emanuel, Cherry Hill Township, Camden County and our partners to establish Cherry Hill as a stigma-free community where those suffering with mental illness can feel safe to seek the help and support they need; and
WHEREAS additionally, we hope to provide these individuals and their loved ones with a direct link to important resources and assistance available in our region, and to let them know that, more than anything, they are not alone in their struggles; and
WHEREAS the Mayor and Council of Cherry Hill Township recognize that mental illness is a community-wide issue about which we cannot stay silent, and we are proud to stand with Temple Emanuel to make our community one where everyone can feel safe, secure and empowered to find the help they need to live happier, healthier lives.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHUCK CAHN, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the Township of Cherry Hill, County of Camden, State of New Jersey, do hereby proudly support
R’fuat HaNafeshAn Expo on Mental Health
and wish to thank Rabbi Larry Sernovitz and the Temple Emanuel community for their vision and leadership in creating this event, for their work to increase awareness of mental health issues in our public consciousness, and for their ongoing efforts to make Cherry Hill and South Jersey a “stigma-free” zone where those struggling with mental illness can safely seek and receive the help they need.