By Rhealyn C. Pojas

Reporter

 President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. signed a proclamation to declare May 8 as the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

Presidential Proclamation 18-235 states that it is appropriate to allocate a day each year for the purpose of recognizing and promoting children’s mental health and well-being.

“In order to promote awareness on these issues, it is appropriate that a day should be set aside each year for the purpose of recognizing and promoting our children’s mental health and well-being,” the proclamation reads, stating on its earlier paragraphs that ensuring the mental and physical well-being of all Palauans, particularly the Palau children, “is fundamental to the future of the Republic of Palau.”

“The need for comprehensive, coordinated mental health services for children, as well as for youth, young adults, and families, requires critical policy changes to encourage community-wide responsibility,” it says.