Participating in athletics has many benefits, such as building fitness, teamwork and self-confidence. Participating in sports or fitness activities with others aligns with two of SAMHSA’s major dimensions of recovery—health and community. SAMHSA supports local communities in hosting wellness events—which can include fitness activities—during National Wellness Week, the third week in September. A growing body of research supports the idea that physical exercise is associated with decreasing the risk of depression and reducing its symptoms.
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Despite advances in treatment, only about one-third of Americans who experience mental illness seek mental health services. SAMHSA’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found the reasons people did not receive mental health services included social, cultural, and political factors (e.g., discrimination and prejudice), economic factors (limited insurance coverage, costly co-pays), system-level factors (e.g., access, quality of care), and personal and familial factors (e.g., varying health beliefs):
The value of recovery and recovery-oriented behavioral health systems is widely accepted by states, communities, healthcare providers, peers, families, researchers and advocates including the U.S. Surgeon General, the Institute of Medicine, and others. SAMHSA defines recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders as a process of change by which individuals pursue three primary goals to: 1) Improve their health – including behavioral health and wellness, 2) Live a self-directed life – to become more self-reliant and independent, and 3) Strive to reach their full potential –to fully contribute to American life.
SAMHSA Honors Movie, Television, and Other Media Depictions of Behavioral Health Issues at Star-Studded Voice Awards
Wednesday night, SAMHSA honored writers and producers of hit film and television productions for increasing awareness of mental health and substance use issues at the 2010 Voice Awards at the Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. Emmy Award-winning actor Hector Elizondo and Academy Award winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. co-hosted the fifth anniversary event.