Once again, communities and individuals across the country are joining together in September to observe and celebrate SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). For the past 26 years, Recovery Month has celebrated the journey and achievements of the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance use disorders. Communities across the country are planning Recovery Month events, bringing people together to share real life experiences about the power of recovery. States and cities all over America are issuing Recovery Month proclamations to bring public attention to and celebrate these efforts. And best of all, people across the country keep coming forward to share their stories of recovery.
On Thursday, September 10, 2015, SAMHSA, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Recovery Month Planning Partners kicked off the 26th annual National Recovery Month. During the press conference, SAMHSA released the latest national data on the prevalence of behavioral health conditions, the frequency that people attempt, plan, or have serious thoughts of suicide, and information about the use of behavioral health treatment and services.
After the press briefing, the National Council for Behavioral Health, and their partners Young People in Recovery, Transforming Youth Recovery, and the Association of Recovery Schools hosted a Recovery Month luncheon.
I encourage you to get involved in Recovery Month 2015, and spread the word that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. Also, be sure to check out the 2015 National Recovery Month toolkit for information and resources to help you get connected. Have a safe and happy September!