Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out
In its 25th year, Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance abuse disorders. This year's theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out," encourages people to openly share about mental and substance abuse disorders and the reality of recovery.
An initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Recovery Month's main focus is to celebrate the successes made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease are recognized.
Tarik Kiley, a person supported at Monarch, has often shared his personal journey about his own recovery and how he lives with schizophrenia. Kiley offers hope.
"I would like people to know that just because you have mental illness does not mean that you cannot reach your goals. People with mental illness can recover," he explained. "Hopefully, when people are educated about mental illness, they can learn best practices to bring their family member(s) or friend(s) to recovery." Like Kiley, Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health and people can and do recover.
More information about recovery month:
• Need treatment or help? http://www.recoverymonth.gov/need-treatment-or-help.aspx
• SAMHSA information : http://www.recoverymonth.gov/
• Road to recovery television series: http://www.recoverymonth.gov/Home/Multimedia/Road-to-Recovery-Television-Series.aspx
If you or someone you know needs support for mental health or substance abuse challenges, please call Monarch at (866) 272-7826.
Established in 1958, Monarch is a non-profit organization that provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and certified by The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA). Monarch operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States.