Mental health conditions impact millions of Americans, and unfortunately, many people facing mental health challenges believe that recovery is impossible and that treatment is ineffective. Those beliefs can lead to people not seeking the treatment they need, and without proper treatment, mental health conditions typically worsen over time.
Each September, mental health advocates participate in National Recovery Month to promote the message that treatment works and recovery from mental health problems is possible. With the help of clinical professionals, mental health treatment programs, and a caring community, individuals can get in control of their mental health and achieve lasting recovery. The theme of National Recovery Month 2020 is "Join the Voice for Recovery: Celebrating Connection," and participants this year work to raise awareness that recovery often comes from others' help.
In the article below, we share how a person can get involved in National Recovery Month and help others with their recovery journies. Options for getting involved include taking part in National Recovery Month social media campaigns, attending online webinars, and encouraging people to seek treatment when they need it.
Take part in social media campaigns for National Recovery Month
Due to the current public health crisis, organizations have canceled many in-person events for National Recovery Month. However, it is still possible to participate in National Recovery Month while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
To participate virtually, an individual can take part in National Recovery Month social media campaigns. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a variety of free National Recovery Month social media graphics for download. Sharing the content with the hashtag #NationalRecoveryMonth can help raise awareness among your followers that mental health recovery is possible.
In addition to sharing images and graphics that promote awareness of National Recovery Month, you can share real recovery stories. The Faces & Voices of Recovery organization features a "recovery stories" blog page where individuals discuss their recovery journies candidly. Hearing about other people's recovery stories can be inspiring to individuals who are struggling with mental health, and each story serves as proof that mental health treatment can be effective.
You can also share your own recovery story for National Recovery Month. You can share your story with friends and family, and by sharing your story, you can help break down stigmas associated with mental health treatment. When individuals know that a friend or loved one overcame a mental health condition, they may feel hopeful that they can also achieve recovery. To share your story publicly, you can submit your story the Faces & Voices of Recovery blog. When online, your story can help provide hope to the millions of Americans who are recovering from a mental health condition.
Attend online webinars for National Recovery Month
In addition to raising awareness via social media, you can also participate in National Recovery Month through self-education. The more a person knows about the realities of mental health, mental health treatment, and national recovery month, the more a person can help others who may struggle on the path to recovery.
One excellent resource for learning about mental health treatment and recovery is SAMHSA's National Recovery Month series. The SAMHSA webinar series includes the following talks:
- "Integration of Medication-Assisted Treatment in Treatment and Recovery Support"
- "SAMHSA Transforming Lives Through Supported Employment"
- "Communities Supporting Recovery"
- "The Importance of Integrating Recovery Support Services: The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Model"
You can attend each webinar via video conference online or via phone, and you can find login details for each webinar here.
How Vista del Mar Hospital can help people achieve recovery
Treatment is available for mental health conditions, and a central message of National Recovery Month is that affected individuals can achieve lasting recovery with treatment. To help people recover from mental health conditions, you should be knowledgeable of available treatment programs.
At Vista del Mar Hospital, we offer a range of mental health treatment programs. Our acute psychiatric facility in Ventura, California, provides mental health treatment to both adults and adolescents. Common mental health conditions and issues we treat include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Substance abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
For adults who need 24/7 attention from mental health professionals, we offer inpatient mental health treatment programs. We also offer outpatient programs for adults, including partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs. Our partial hospitalization programs mimic the intensity of inpatient treatment while allowing patients to return home each night. Intensive outpatient programs are similar to partial hospitalization programs but require fewer clinical hours. We also offer mental health treatment programs for adolescents including partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs.
Get started with mental health treatment at Vista del Mar Hospital
To get started with mental health treatment at Vista del Mar Hospital, the first step is to schedule a free mental health assessment. The assessment will help our clinical team determine if our hospital is a good fit for you or a loved one. To schedule an assessment and get answers to any questions you may have, call us at any time at (805) 653-6434.