September Is National Recovery Month

Mental illness is a growing epidemic in the United States. The disease has affected the mood, thinking and behavior of millions of people across the country. However, many Americans remain unaware of the widespread existence of mental health problems, and some of those with psychological issues avoid lifesaving treatment.

To reduce mental illness, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) created National Recovery Month. Every September, the organization helps people host events designed to educate the masses about mental illness and addiction.

Many events hosted throughout National Recovery Month inform people about the realities of mental illness, including the difficulties of living with a mental health or substance use disorder and ways to assist people in managing stress, anxiety or depression. National Recovery Month also celebrates the gains made by those in recovery.

Each year, National Recovery Month takes on a new theme. The theme for 2018 is, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose and Community,” which explores how integrated health, a sense of purpose, a strong community and leadership promotes effective treatments that help people achieve or maintain sobriety.

You can celebrate National Recovery Month by attending one of the tens of thousands of events hosted nationwide throughout the month. Some of these events are live, while others are conducted virtually. By commemorating the occasion, you can educate your friends about mental illness and inspire those with a psychological disorder to get the help that they need.

Host an Event

During National Recovery Month, people across the country can host an event to help spread awareness for mental illness. Hosting an event allows crowds to hear about the experiences of people recovering from mental health or substance use disorders and to learn how treatment can save lives. To learn how to organize an event, visit SAMHSA’s website.

Attend an Event

Thousands of events promoting National Recovery Month are slated to be held around the country. Attend an event to learn more about the experiences of people grappling with mental illness and how they cope with their disorder. You can even learn ways to reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems.

Promote National Recovery Month on Social Media

You can promote National Recovery Month by mentioning it on your social media accounts. SAMHSA even provides you with an HTML code to add a banner to your social media page. Whenever someone visits your Facebook or Twitter page, they will see a National Recovery Month logo. This may prompt them to learn more about the observance.

Encourage a Proclamation

A handful of states, cities, organizations and tribes have issued proclamations, letters or other statements in support of National Recovery Month. You can encourage government officials to commit in writing to improving access to mental health treatment programs, which can increases awareness for mental illness.To learn how to request a proclamation, visit SAMHSA’s website.

Educate a Friend

Education is a powerful tool. One of the most effective ways to celebrate National Recovery Month is to educate your family and friends about mental health and substance use disorders. After attending an educational event, show your loved ones about statistics associated with mental illness, and talk with them about how depression and post-traumatic stress disorder affects people of all ages.

In addition to saving lives, treatment can affect the economy. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia cost the country $193.2 billion in lost earnings each year.

A young woman in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction smiles as she shares her happiness with other during Recovery Month.

National Recovery Month aims to reduce the financial burden of substance use and mental health disorders, educate millions of Americans and improve the lives of individuals with a range of psychological disorders. The observance is dedicated to educate and inspire people to get the help that they need.

If you’re grappling with mental illness or addiction, seek treatment. The Recovery Village offers evidence-based treatment that is tailored to an individual’s specific needs. Whether you’re dealing with bipolar disorder or alcohol addiction, treatment can help you heal. To learn more about the effectiveness of treatment, contact The Recovery Village.