September is National Recovery Month

2015-recovery-month-vertical-banner-116x504Every September, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use issues and celebrate the people who recover. Events are held around the country to increase awareness and celebrate those that are in recovery. Millions of Americans have achieved success in recovery and often goes unnoticed, this is a month to celebrate those Americans that have been working on their path to recovery.

The theme of the 26th Annual Recovery Month is Visible, Vocal, and Valuable! “which highlights the value of peer support in educating, mentoring, and helping others. The theme also invites individuals in recovery and their support systems to be catalysts and active change agents in communities, and in civic and advocacy engagements. It encourages individuals to start conversations about the prevention, treatment, and recovery of behavioral health conditions at earlier stages of life.”

This year SAMHSA has provided the Road to Recovery series on television and radio to highlight important issues in recovery. “The Road to Recovery series is hosted by Associate Director for Consumer Affairs Ivette Torres at the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The series airs eight episodes featuring panels of nationwide experts from the field of recovery.” Issues covered in the series include anti-bully, mental health in homelessness, and overcoming trauma, among others as well as tools for screening, intervention, referral and treatment. You can watch the latest episodes of the Road to Recovery series here:

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UF HealthStreet Recovery Month Mental Health Fair: September 17, 2015 from 12pm – 3p at HealthStreet Facility, 2401 SW Archer Road, 32608