VA Western New York Healthcare System
NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH
September 16, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862-8753 Cell: (716) 512-9338
VA CELEBRATES NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH
Treatment Works. People Recover.
BUFFALO, NEW YORK – VA Western New York Healthcare System is holding a National Recovery Day event, Wednesday, September 16 in Freedom Hall, room 301 at the Buffalo site, 3495 Bailey Avenue, from noon to 3:30pm. The goal of the event is to increase awareness of behavioral health conditions during September, National Recovery Month, and share real life stories of recovery. This celebration promotes the message that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and/or substance use disorders.
Mental and/or substance use disorders affect millions of Americans and directly touch the lives of individuals, family members, neighbors, and colleagues. 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.
The 2015 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable!” highlights the value of peer support by educating, mentoring, and helping others. It invites individuals in recovery and their support systems to be catalysts and active change agents in communities, and in civic and advocacy engagements. The concept encourages individuals to be vocal by starting conversations about the prevention, treatment, and recovery of behavioral health conditions at earlier stages of life and to depict the societal benefits of recovery.
During the event, Veterans will share their stories of recovery and tell how VA programs, peer support and the arts helped them through their journey. The event is free and open to the public.