Charlotte Behavioral Health Care Hosts Recovery Event to Raise Awareness of Mental and Substance Use Disorder Support Services in Charlotte County
Mental and/or substance use disorders are a critical challenge that Charlotte County must address immediately. To draw attention to the issue, Charlotte Behavioral Health Care (CBHC) will lead a Recovery Vigil to raise awareness for people in need of treatment and recovery support services. The vigil, which was attended by more than 200 people last year will draw support from many individuals in recovery, as well as their friends and families.
September’s event will emphasize the importance of seeking physical and mental wellness every day, through multiple pathways and throughout the recovery process, to achieve health and well-being,“It is critical that people experiencing mental and/or substance use disorders receive the support they need from the community. The reality is that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective and people recover.” states Jay Glynn, CEO, Charlotte Behavioral Health Care.
In 2011, 45.6 million people aged 18 or older had a mental illness according to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). However, only 31.6 million people received mental health services. In addition, 20.6 million people were classified with substance dependence or abuse in 2011, and 3.8 million people aged 12 or older received treatment for a substance use disorder.
“It is important that the momentum we’ve established at this event is carried over to tomorrow, and the next day, week, and year,” states Jessica Boles, Director of Marketing at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care. “We all have the potential to make a difference. We can all be examples of good health and wellness.”
The observance of Recovery Month, which takes place each September, raises awareness of mental and/or substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers. Each September, and throughout the year, Recovery Month encourages communities nationwide to spread the message that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can recover from mental and/or substance use disorders.
Please join us at our Candlelight Vigil on September 27th, 2013 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Laishley Park located at 100 Nesbit Street Punta Gorda, FL 33950.
For more information, or to reserve a provider table please contact Jessica Boles, Director of Marketing at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941.639.8300 ext. 275.