September is National Recovery Month in our country. How will you celebrate it?

Findings from the 2006 HealthStyles Survey reveal that only around one-quarter of young adults between the ages of 18 -24 believe that a person with mental illness can eventually recover.

  • Only 42 percent of Americans believe that a person with mental illness can be as successful at work as others.
  • Only a little more than half (54%) of young adults who know someone with a mental illness believe that treatment can help people with mental illnesses lead normal lives.
  • Despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that people with mental illnesses are not to blame for their conditions (84%), only about one in four (26%) agrees that people are generally caring and sympathetic toward individuals with mental illnesses.

During the month of September, 2014, Guided Pathways –Support for Youth & Families invites you to join us in community conversations on recovery.  Through these conversations, we hope to generate an on-going dialogue to help dispel the myths and misinformation about substance abuse and mental health recovery.  We believe the opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns and share experiences about recovery will increase acceptance, education and support.

People with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders need to be treated with the same respect, compassion and empathy as anyone with any other serious but treatable condition.  Everyone can do something to help a person with mental illness . . .like avoiding the use of “label word,” showing kindness, or helping to eliminate discrimination against housing, education, or employment.

Please join us on September 26, 6:00 to 8:00pm, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1315 N. 160th Street, in Shoreline, WA, for a movie night and conversation.  Be sure to check our website for information on Recovery Month conversations scheduled in additional King County communities.

Together we can have a positive impact on recovery and wellness of our friends, families and community members who struggle with mental illness and substance abuse challenges.