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National Recovery Month


Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community

As Recovery Month celebrates its 29th anniversary, this year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” emphasizes integrated care, highlighting the way a strong community, sense of purpose and leadership contribute to recovery from substance use and mental health issues. National recovery month organizers are encouraging communities to take advantage of the increased dialogue surrounding behavioral health needs and the national opioid crisis.

Recovery from Mental and/or Substance Use Disorders is Possible

Recovery happens every day for people here in San Mateo County. Their stories are proof that prevention works, treatment is effective and recovery is possible. In celebrating and sharing the stories of those who have achieved recovery, we embolden others to seek recovery as well. With commitment and support, people who experience mental and/or substance use disorders can find help and embark on a new path toward improved health and wellness.

Speak up, Reach Out

People in recovery are all around us. They are full contributors to our community, participating in business, volunteering and providing for their families. However, too many people are still unaware that prevention works and that mental and/or substance use disorders can be treated, just like other health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension. By speaking up about the issues and reaching out to those who need help, you can help encourage public awareness and inspire others.  Together we can help others realize the promise of recovery. If you, a family member, or a friend needs help, resources are available. You are not alone. 

Why it’s Important

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 43.4 million adults in the U.S. experienced mental illness in the past year, 18.6 million (43 percent) of which received mental health services. Of the 21.7 million people in the U.S. aged 12 or older who needed substance use treatment, 2.3 million (10.8 percent) received it. Given the widespread impact of these behavioral health conditions, it’s important for communities to make prevention, treatment and recovery support available and accessible for all who need them. 

Celebrate National Recovery Month

San Mateo County is celebrating Recovery Month by holding a variety of educational and entertaining events to honor individuals and families who are in long-term recovery. We all play an important role in helping people with mental health and/or substance use conditions live healthy and rewarding lives. Your attendance will demonstrate the support of the recovery community, including those who provide prevention, treatment and recovery support services.

Recovery Month Events

Join us as we celebrate Recovery Month throughout September. Download the event flier.

August 31

Candlelight Vigil 
6 to 8 p.m.  
400 County Center, Redwood City

September 1 – 30

Art Show
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.                                                                                        
400 County Center, Redwood City

September 4 

Recovery Month Celebration

7 to 8:30 a.m. Recovery Breakfast
Bridges Program, 680 Warren St, Redwood City  

8:30 a.m. Philomena Walk of Hope
March from Bridges Program to 400 County Center

9 a.m. Board of Supervisors Proclamation 
Hall of Justice, 400 County Center

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Resource Fair
Coartyard, 400 County Center

September 14 

Voices of Recovery San Mateo County Open House 
5 to 8 p.m.
1842 Bay Rd. East Palo Alto 

September 18

BBQ Picnic and Resource Fair
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
San Mateo Central Park, 50 E. 5th Ave., San Mateo

September 29

Movie Night & Dance – “Brandon Novak Story”
5 to 11 p.m.
Friendship Hall, 216 S. Claremont St., San Mateo 

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