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National Recovery Month


Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities

As Recovery Month celebrates its 28th anniversary, this year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities,” highlights the value of family and community support throughout recovery. It invites individuals in recovery and their family members to share their personal stories and successes in order to encourage others. We all play an important role in helping people with mental health and/or substance use conditions live healthy and rewarding lives.

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. 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. 
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August 31

Candlelight Vigil 
6 to 7:30 p.m.  
400 County Center, Redwood City

September 1 – 29

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

September 6

David Lewis Award Presentation
4 p.m.
Room 100, 225 W. 37th Ave, San Mateo

September 12 

Breakfast, Proclamation and Resource Fair

7 to 8:20 a.m. Breakfast and Speakers 
Meet at Bridges Program for coffee, snacks and dynamic speakers (speeches begin at 8 a.m.)  
680 Warren St, Redwood City  

8:20 a.mPhilomena Walk of Hope
March from Bridges Program (680 Warren St., Redwood City)
to 400 County Center

9 a.m. Proclamation
Gather at Board of Supervisors meeting in the Hall of Justice for the Recovery Month Proclamation
400 County Center, Redwood City

9 to 11 a.m. Resource Fair
Check out the Resource Fair in the courtyard of the Hall of Justice.
Courtyard, 400 County Center, Redwood City

September 19

BBQ, Picnic & Resource Fair
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Central Park, 50 E. Fifth Ave, San Mateo

September 30

Movie Night & Dance
View a screening of the documentary, Generation Found, followed by dancing
5 to 11 p.m.
Friendship Hall, 416 S. Claremont St, San Mateo 

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