The Alameda County Board of Supervisors declared October 8 to be a “National Day of Prayer” effective today.
The proclamation was attached to a “National Mental Health Awareness Week”
proclamation presented during Tuesday's regular meeting.
Board of Supervisors President Keith Carson, who represents the county’s 5th
district, was the chief proponent of the proclamation, according to county
The proclamation declares that people who struggle with mental health problems
may also be challenged by services that are not culturally responsive. It encourages county workers to identify
spiritual practices of the person who wants to improve their mental health to
ease rehabilitation goals.
“WHEREAS, clients/consumers, family members, providers, spiritual leaders and
all other interested stakeholders can participate in efforts to unite in a
collective effort to replace misinformation about mental health, erase
prejudice, fear and blame thereby
reducing stigma and disparities to unserved, underserved and inappropriately
served communities by offering prayers and positive meditative thoughts to help
restore mental health wellness in America.”
When Patch called the county's Tri-City Community Support Center and asked how the office
was reacting to the proclamation to pray, the staffer who picked up the telephone was not aware of its existence.
a government organization," she said.
Supervisor Richard Valle represents the interests of Newark, California to the Alameda
County Board of Supervisors. His office
has not returned phone calls.
To see the proclamation in its entirety, peruse the .pdf attached to these words.