Recovery Month

If any one thing is going to provide a better understanding of mental illness or help stop Ohio’s opioid epidemic, it will be awareness.
Promoting the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, and the message that recovery in all its forms is possible, are the main themes of Recovery Month programs taking place throughout September nationwide, including here in Hancock County.
We hope residents join the educational effort and take in at least one of the many scheduled activities in Findlay.
Everyone has a stake in the recovery cause, whether they have lost a loved one to an overdose, know someone who has started down the road to recovery, or struggled with mental illness.
This community may be doing more and have more treatment resources available than many realize. That’s where awareness and education come in.
The Recovery Month activities in Findlay this month include:
• The third annual Recovery March at 9 a.m. Saturday at the DOCK at St. Marks United Methodist Church. Other activities will take place before and after the march at the DOCK.
• A suicide vigil from 7-9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Riverside Park Band Shell.
• An Access Bars free clinic, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 15 at Focus on Friends, 509 W. Trenton Ave.
• A family fun day and corn roast from noon-4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church.
• A panel discussion on the recovery supports available for individuals and families will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 27 in Room 2225 of the Davis Building at the University of Findlay.
• The Rally for Recovery and Advocacy Day at the Ohio Statehouse, Sept. 29.
The various events aren’t intended only for those who are in recovery or heading that direction. They are for everyone who wants to know more about addiction, mental health and recovery.
Ellyn Schmiesing, the interim director of Focus on Friends, the main organizer of the events, believes attitudes are shifting in the community, with less stigma against people in recovery. But certainly there is more work to do.
Take a couple hours this month to become better informed about mental health and substance abuse and join the public conversation about recovery. Doing so could put the community on a better path to healing.


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