Palm Coast - One in five Americans experiences a mental health illness that requires treatment at some point in their lives.

With mental health now in the spotlight more than ever, its acknowledgement is important for our individual well-being and vitality as well as that for families, communities and businesses.

Today, the Palm Coast City Council presented a proclamation to local groups Flagler Cares and Peace by Pieces designating October as Mental Health Awareness Month. It calls upon all citizens as well as public and private organizations to recommit to increasing awareness and understanding of mental illness and the need for services to promote recovery.