June is LGBT and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month!

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a mental illness that an individual can have after witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, combat, or sexual assault. Anyone can experience PTSD, including children. Some of the symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, new negative beliefs about yourself, avoidance, and paranoia. Often, PTSD can occur with other mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol abuse. Remember, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is not a sign of weakness!

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September is National Recovery Month!

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Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

Get general information about National Recovery Month, held every September to increase awareness and celebrate successes of those in recovery, from the Toolkit

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate National Recovery Month. They speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.

Now in its 27th year, Recovery Month highlights the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month also promotes the message that recovery in all of its forms is possible and encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.

The Recovery Month theme is carefully developed each year to invite individuals in recovery and their support systems to spread the message and share the successes of recovery. Learn more about this year’s theme.

Materials produced for the Recovery Month observance include print, Web, television, radio, and social media tools. These resources help local communities reach out and encourage individuals in need of services, and their friends and families, to seek treatment and recovery services and information. Materials provide multiple resources including SAMHSA’s National Helpline 1-800-662 HELP (4357) for information and treatment referral as well as other SAMHSA resources for locating services.

History

Over the years, National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) has inspired millions of people to raise awareness about mental and/or substance use disorders, share their stories of recovery, and encourage others who are still in need of services and support.

Recovery Month began in 1989 as Treatment Works! Month, which honored the work of substance use treatment professionals in the field. The observance evolved into National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in 1998, when it expanded to include celebrating the accomplishment of individuals in recovery from substance use disorders. The observance evolved once again in 2011 to National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to include all aspects of behavioral health.

Review the Recovery Month: 20 Years of Excellence and Achievement Timeline – 2009 (PDF | 357 KB), which showcases the many strides the treatment and recovery field has made and details the campaign’s success and evolution of Treatment Works! into National Recovery Month.


 

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

In recognition of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to continue building awareness of the importance of mental health and supports in every community.

Minority Mental Health Month: Lifting the Burden of Disparities

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By: J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health; Director, Office of Minority Health; Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., Administrator, SAMHSA

SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity is working across racial and ethnic minority communities to facilitate the availability of culturally and linguistically appropriate services and the development of a more diverse and sensitive workforce of treatment and service providers. An example of such an initiative is the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health (HBCU-CFE), which engages HBCUs in developing strategies to promote behavioral health workforce development and enhance behavioral health curricula for students.  SAMHSA also supports the Minority Fellowship Program, which is designed to increase the number of minority professionals in the behavioral health workforce.

Ultimately, an understanding of culture combined with a provision of health care services respectful of the beliefs, practices and needs of diverse patients can help improve social inclusion and close the gap on disparities affecting persons experiencing mental or substance use disorders.  We cannot do this work alone.  During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we challenge you to take part in this important conversation and to start conversations in your own community.

Stay connected throughout National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month by following and using #MMHM2015.  Share a photo, video or story with the hashtag #MMHM2015 to let others know how you are getting involved.

Learn more about SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity and read SAMHSA’s new Behavioral Health Equity Barometerto find out more about key behavioral health indicators among diverse populations.  Visit our website