September 2019

National Recovery Month

Behavioral health is essential to health and together we can make a difference. 

Eastern Oregon communities are facing a serious challenge: the prevalence of substance use and mental health disorders. 

One in five young adults lives with mild to moderate mental health conditions as well as substance use conditions. Just over 6% of youth between ages 12-18 experience substance use disorders and over 25% experience mild to moderate mental health conditions. 

However, there is hope in working together to build a more coordinated and cohesive prevention, treatment and recovery-oriented service system. This change must start at the community level. 

National Recovery Month, September, provides an opportunity to share information, raise awareness and take action toward improving the lives of people and families impacted by mental health and substance use conditions. This year’s theme is: “Together we are stronger.” 

“Recognizing that substance use and mental health conditions often go hand-in-hand, it is our goal to promote a system of behavioral health services where all people at risk of or affected by substance use and its associated trauma can reduce their emotional and physical suffering while stepping into a safe and welcoming journey to wellness,” said Kevin Campbell, CEO of Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. 

“Recognizing that substance use and mental health conditions often go hand-in-hand, it is our goal to promote a system of behavioral health services where all people at risk of or affected by substance use and its associated trauma can reduce their emotional and physical suffering while stepping into a safe and welcoming journey to wellness.” 
Kevin Campbell, CEO of Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc.

We can all play a part in inspiring health and healing for people living with behavioral health conditions by supporting people who are on the path of recovery – no matter where they are in that journey – and by building awareness of these conditions in our own personal and professional networks. 

If you want to show your support for individuals living in recovery, let your loved ones and colleagues know that you support them in their recovery journey. Recovery month events are happening in communities across Oregon, so please participate because together we can make a difference! 

For more, please visit the National Recovery Month webpage: https://recoverymonth.gov/

View SAMHSA’s 2019 Recovery Month webinar series at https://recoverymonth.gov/events/webinar-series-2019

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