Organizers of Recovery Month event seeking sponsors for walk, celebration
BY DEBBIE PAGE
The road to recovery is a difficult one, but celebrating that victory is important. As part of Recovery Month in September, the Iredell County Adult Collaborative is organizing the first annual Walk for Recovery.
The event is scheduled for 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, September 28, at Troutman’s ESC Park. The goal is to celebrate the hope and healing that comes with recovery from substance use and mental disorders for those who have found new substance-free lives and for their families, friends and community supporters.
This free event will include speakers, fellowship, information booths, food, music, kids' activities, a group walk down the Richardson Greenway, and other surprises. Most importantly, organizers hope participants leave with a sense of personal and community empowerment.
The Iredell County Walk for Recovery is seeking sponsors and donations to make this inaugural event a success. Please contact Jerry Campbell at JCampbellII@partnersbhm.org by August 24 if your company or organization would like to be a part of this important event.
Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness of behavioral health conditions.
This observance promotes the knowledge that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover from mental and substance use disorders.
The 2018 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contribute to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders.
Millions of people in the U.S. live with a mental or substance use disorder. The prevalence of these conditions highlights the importance of focusing funding and attention on those with behavioral health needs.
Some 20.1 million people ages 12 or older had a substance use disorder in the the past year, according to data gathered in 2016.
Approximately 7.3 million persons ages 12 to 20 were current drinkers in 2016, including 4.5 million who reported binge alcohol use and 1.1 million heavy drinkers.
Researchers found that in 2016, 44.7 million adults adults had some time of mental illness in the past year, with 10.4 million of those experiencing a serious mental illness.
An estimated 8.2 million U.S. adults reported having co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders in 2016.
Also in 2016, approximately 44,965 Americans died as a result of suicide, an average of more than 123 deaths per day. Suicide was the second leading cause of death in 2015 for those age 15 to 24 and 25 to 34.
To learn more about the most common mental and substance use disorders and how SAMHSA works to reduce their impact on America’s communities, go to https://www.samhsa.gov/disorders