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WHEREAS, a series of events including COVID-19 and widespread civil unrest has led to unprecedented increases in hopelessness. Hopelessness for many is a consequence of discrimination and oppression. It is learned and includes emotional despair and motivational helplessness; and

WHEREAS, hopelessness is a major symptom of depression, anxiety, addiction, violence, self-harm, homelessness, early death, failure to graduate from school, suicide, poor health, and under performance; and

WHEREAS, research has shown that hope is teachable. Higher hope leads to increased community engagement, more productive workforces, better relationships, higher graduation rates, longer lifespans, less crime, less addiction, and reduced poverty. Hope is an inhibiting factor against anxiety and depression, and can be learned at any age; and

WHEREAS, the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression, has been researching and teaching the Science of Hope worldwide since 2013 and Reno, Nevada became the first official “Hopeful City” in the world as part of the Hopeful Cities initiative. The Hopeful Cities initiative seeks to teach all populations the “how-to” of hope; and

WHEREAS, hope is available to all and possible no matter what life brings. The time has come to join together to create a global movement for hope;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim May 2, 2022, as

DAY OF HOPE IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 20th day of April 2022.

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