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Aug 25, 2020
by: Carrie Larsen
September is Recovery Month, Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month and Recovery Month

Recovery Month is celebrated in September and promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders; celebrates people in recovery; lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers; and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

Recovery Resources is launching the Together We are Stronger campaign in recognition of Recovery month


Throughout September, we will promote the benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental health and substance use disorders. We will post on all social media platforms sharing the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. 

September is also recognized as Suicide Prevention month.

Ohio Suicide Prevention's new back-to-school campaign, #ItsOkTo? ?not ?be OK, is an effort to help raise awareness of anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide during the current global pandemic. Daily activities can be more challenging. Social distancing can make us feel more alone. The unknown future is hard to understand, and that's OK. Find shareable materials here. Join in on the fun and submit your own #ItsOkTo image here.

#BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond, which helps spread the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide. The Lifeline network and its partners are working to change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention, to actions that can promote healing, help and give hope. For more information and to download campaign materials, click here.

Also, the ADAMHS Board will also be hosting a QPR-a-thon again this year. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) teaches three simple steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. We will share more information about this year's Virtual QPR-a-thon soon!

Finally, please keep in mind the impact isolation is having on many individuals during the pandemic, especially on older adults. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center just released several new publications, including information sheets on older adults and mental health.

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