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Meridian To Host Recovery Month Event This Friday – Brevard NC


Meridian Behavioral Health Services will host the Fourth Annual Recovery Month Event in Brevard this Friday.

Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental and substance abuse 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.

Friday’s event will be from noon to 3 p.m. at Meridian’s office at 69 N. Broad St. in the Professional Plaza (tall green building next to The Transylvania Times).

The event will start off with Mayor Jimmy Harris proclaiming Brevard as a “City of Recovery.”

The event will emphasize the importance of seeking physical and mental wellness every day, said Caroline Carter, with Meridian.

“It is critical that people experiencing mental and/or substance use disorders receive the support they need from the community,” she said. “The reality is that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective and people recover.”

In 2012, 43.7 million people aged 18 or older had a mental illness, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

However, only 34.1 million people received mental health services. In addition, 23.1 million people aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem in 2012, but only 3.8 million received treatment at a specialty clinic for a substance use disorder.

Speakers from various backgrounds will describe their journeys of recovery from addiction and mental health challenges. The event will also feature information tables and representatives from agencies who support individuals wanting to work on their recovery.

“It is important that the momentum we establish at this event is carried over to tomorrow, and the next day, week, and year,” Carter said. “We all have the potential to make a difference. We can all be examples of good health and wellness.”

Friday’s event is part of Recovery Month, a national observance sponsored by SAMHSA, a division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The observance is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The county library has also donated the use of its display cases for the month to help educate the public, by showcasing reading and resource materials that help to support those in recovery.

WSQL is also joining the community efforts to promote the month with public service announcements from SAMSHA.

The CARE Coalition will join in the efforts by showing a film, “Anony-mous People,” at 6 p.m., Friday, in the Community Services building, 98 E. Morgan St.

SAMSHA’s National Hotline Number is 1-800-662-HELP, or visit their website at treatment/ for more information. 


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