Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (http://www.samhsa.gov), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (http://www.hhs.gov), sponsors National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to increase awareness of behavioral health conditions. This celebration promotes the message that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders.
The 25th annual Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” encourages people to openly discuss – or speak up about – mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery. It aims to foster public understanding and acceptance of the benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery from behavioral health conditions. The observance also promotes ways first responders, faith leaders, youth and young adults, and policymakers can recognize these issues and reach out to help others, as well as themselves.
SAMHSA created the toolkit to increase awareness of the power of recovery. The kit provides individuals and organizations with the resources they need to help people with mental and/or substance use disorders. It also assists in planning Recovery Month events and offers resources to distribute in communities and during local events.
The toolkit contains four sections, including one showcasing real-life examples of people in recovery:
- Targeted Outreach – Offers audience-specific information about the benefits of recovery, effectiveness of treatment, and tips to overcome challenges during the recovery process.
- Media Outreach – Provides instructions to plan and promote Recovery Month activities and events, as well as templates to customize and send to local and online media outlets.
- Resources – Provides resources to help plan and prepare for Recovery Month events, including tips to cultivate partnerships with other organizations.
- Join the Voices for Recovery – Presents a snapshot of individuals on different recovery pathways speaking up and reaching out to openly discuss mental and/or substance use disorders.
Recovery Month continues to thrive because of the support and participation of individuals, communities, and organizations. SAMHSA is grateful for your continued dedication to making a difference in the lives of those affected by mental and/or substance use disorders.
2014 Recovery Month Full Toolkit (English) (DOC, 1.9 MB)
2014 Recovery Month Full Toolkit (Spanish) (DOC, 4.4 MB)
*Please note this document does not include the ‘Common Mental Disorders and Commonly Misused Substances’ or ‘Resources Listings’.