September is a very important awareness month for the public and for behavioral healthcare. It is both Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Millions of Americans are impacted by substance use disorders, mental illnesses, and suicide each year.
Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors Recovery Month. “The Goal of Recovery Month is to increase awareness that treatments for substance use disorders and mental illnesses work, and that recovery is possible,” says Sinnissippi Centers’ Interim President/CEO Stacie Kemp. “But just as important, is to let people know that they can be a great support to someone suffering from a substance use disorder without any special knowledge or training, just by being there. However, getting more information about these diseases and disorders is always helpful for everyone,” adds Kemp.