September marks National Recovery Month, an annual Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) campaign. For people who are dealing with mental health disorders, Recovery Month provides many different opportunities to get the help they need to address these issues.
Recovery Month is designed to increase awareness and understanding of mental health disorders and honor people who recover from these disorders. The campaign initially began as Treatment Works in 1989, and it was launched to celebrate the work of mental health professionals. Since that time, Recovery Month has expanded to commemorate the recovery of individuals dealing with mental health disorders.
Mental health treatment facilities and recovery programs all across the United States celebrate Recovery Month. They use the opportunity to discuss the progress made by people in recovery and also share recovery success stories to inspire others. That way, Recovery Month teaches people about mental health disorders through real-life experiences and highlights the achievements of individuals in long-term recovery.
This year’s Recovery Month theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.” The theme emphasizes the need to share mental health resources and develop networks to support recovery. Additionally, it recognizes that mental health disorders affect everyone, and every person is a part of the solution.
Mental health disorders affect millions of people across the United States. Research indicates approximately one in five U.S. adults deals with mental illness in a given year. Meanwhile, approximately 8.5 million U.S. adults were dealing with both a mental health disorder and substance use disorder in 2017, according to SAMHSA. Thanks to Recovery Month, individuals can discover programs, resources, and tools to treat mental health disorders, as well as celebrate individuals who are taking steps to recover from these disorders.
There are many ways to celebrate Recovery Month. If you’re looking to get involved, here are five ways to join in on Recovery Month activities.
1. Attend an Event
Recovery Month events are available in cities and towns nationwide. SAMSHA offers a search tool that you can use to quickly find Recovery Month events in your area. As such, you should have no trouble finding a Recovery Month event to attend that is close to home.
2. Host an Event
SAMHSA offers guidelines, tips, and tools that you can use to host your own event. Recovery Month walks, barbecues, and other events enable you to engage community members and educate them about mental health disorders. The SAMSHA Recovery Month Toolkit provides details about how to get private funding for your event. Furthermore, SAMSHA offers resources to help you secure an event speaker, obtain event permits, and more.
3. Promote Recovery Month on Social Media
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram users can share Recovery Month stories, photos, and other media with their followers. From recovery journey stories to positive messages about mental health treatment, there is no shortage of Recovery Month posts you can share with your social media followers. Also, you can promote Recovery Month on social media using the hashtags #recoverymonth, #recoverymonth2019, and #riseforrecovery.
4. Reach Out to Local Government Officials
Mental health disorders frequently go unaddressed. However, by reaching out to local government officials, you can urge them to issue a written proclamation that demonstrates that they are committed to improving access to mental health treatment programs in your city or town.
5. Educate a Friend or Family Member
Recovery Month provides a great opportunity to educate friends and family members about mental health disorders. Raising awareness about mental health disorders sometimes leads people dealing with these disorders to seek out treatment. It also allows you to show your friends and family members that you are willing to help them cope with a mental health disorder.
The Bottom Line on Recovery Month
Recovery Month has arrived, and people nationwide are using the campaign to raise awareness about mental health disorders. Yet many people continue to struggle with mental health disorders year-round, and they are unable to identify the best way to treat these issues.
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- Noninvasive: dTMS therapy does not require medications, anesthesia, or electrical shocks.
- Minimal Discomfort: Most dTMS therapy patients report slight discomfort after treatment, and some patients report no discomfort at all.
- No Side Effects: dTMS therapy does not cause weight gain or loss, dry mouth, or other side effects commonly associated with other depression treatments.
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