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September Proclaimed as Recovery Month

posted Aug 27, 2014, 3:02 PM by Michael A. Hawkes
"Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out"

WHEREAS, mental and substance use disorders affect millions of Americans and directly touch the lives of individuals, family members, neighbors, and colleagues; Given the widespread impact and societal cost of these behavioral health conditions, it is important for communities to make prevention, treatment, and recovery support available and accessible for all who need them; and

WHEREAS, community members, such as ministers, politicians, youth leaders, and police officers, can be influential in creating environments that promote and enable the positive realities of recovery; and

WHEREAS, the prevalence of mental and substance use disorders is high – nearly 1 out of every 5 adults in the United States – about 43.7 million people – has a mental illness, such as depression, anxiety disorders, or schizophrenia, and approximately 22 million have been classified with substance dependence or abuse; in spite of high prevalence, most Americans believe that recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders is possible, and that we can counter these statistics by engaging important segments of our communities in making behavioral health a priority; and

WHEREAS, the 25th annual Recovery Month theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out," encourages people to openly discuss –or speak up about – mental and substance abuse disorders and the reality of recovery. It aims to foster public understanding and acceptance of the benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery from behavioral health conditions; and

WHEREAS, the observance also promotes ways first responders, faith leaders, youth and young adults, and policy makers can recognize these issues and reach out to help others, as well as themselves; and

WHEREAS, anyone can be affected by mental and/or substance use disorders - this year’s Recovery Month observance focuses on ways the mental health and substance use recovery community can use to connect with other community members including four different audiences that play distinct and important roles in helping others, or themselves, find a path of recovery; and

WHEREAS, we, and others across the United States, need to increase awareness of behavioral health conditions and promote ways for people to recover. Prevention works, Treatment is Effective, People Can and Do Recover; and

WHEREAS, for 25 years, Recovery Month has worked to improve the lives of those affected by mental and/or substance use disorders by raising awareness of these diseases and educating communities about the treatment and recovery resources that are available.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Socorro County Board of Commissioners hereby proclaims September, 2014 as National Recovery Month in Socorro County, and call upon our community to observe this month with compelling programs and events that support this year's theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out."

PROCLAIMED, ADOPTED, AND PASSED on this 26th of August 2014