The first two weeks of May focused attention on health awareness through three (3) Presidential Proclamations, the Palau National Nurses Week (May 6 to 12), National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (May 8), and National Prevention Week (May 8 to 14).
Presidential Proclamation 22-320, proclaims May 6 to 12 as Palau’s National Nurses Week coinciding with the American Nurses Association theme of “Nurses Make a Difference”.
Highlighting the contribution nurses make to the overall improvement of healthcare services, the proclamation states that “nurses are essential in transforming health care and health systems such that no person is left behind, without access to care or impoverished because of their need to care.”
President Whipps in the proclamation calls on people and residents of Palau to honor and celebrate the nurses for their hard work and efforts that “continually improve” the health care system.
May 8, the President Proclamation declares the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, with a theme, “Prevention of Self-Harm and Promotion of Hope.”
The awareness day took place last Sunday and was focused on recognizing the importance of mental health awareness, particularly working with children and young people in Palau. To address challenges with a positive attitude.
Lastly, May 8th to 14th is declared a National Prevention Week aimed at bringing awareness to and focusing on issues raised as a result of growing substance abuse and mental health problems.
The Awareness Week ends this Saturday. The proclamation states, “The Republic of Palau promotes the reinforcement of resilience in areas of mental and physical well-being of the development and strengthening of communities, schools, and the family bonds that protect young people from substance abuse and strengthen community health overall.