National Recovery Month 2021
Honoring National Recovery Month
Each September, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) recognizes National Recovery Month as a time to honor people living in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders, as well as increase awareness of evidence-based treatment and recovery services. Now in its 32nd year, Recovery Month promotes the strong and proud recovery community and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.
As of 2020, 1,754,000 adults living in Illinois have a mental illness (18.06% of the population), making our state the 8th highest prevalence of mental illness in the nation, according to Mental Health America. Through Recovery Month, community members learn about mental health and substance use disorders, reducing stigma and barriers to receiving care. Check out some ways that you can take an active role in supporting recovery below!
5 Steps You Can Take Now to Honor National Recovery Month
1 — Check out our Recovery Toolkit
Our Recovery Toolkit is filled with free resources for people seeking support for substance use or addictive behaviors. Featured resources are available in a number of formats and platforms.
2 — Guard and Discard Prescription Medications
Proper usage, storage, and disposal of medication prevents prescription drug misuse as well as accidental poisonings. Protect yourself, loved ones, and the environment by safely disposing of your unused or expired medications at your local drug take-back location. Click here to find a take-back location near you.
3 — Join Us for Recovery Month Events
Join us Saturday, September 11th for Resilience Fest and Saturday, September 18th for “Remember. Recover. Discover.” as we learn, grow, and empower one another in recovery!
4 — Make a Gift to Support Our Community-Based Mental Health Programs
KYC provides intensive mental health outreach and support to community members transitioning from nursing homes to independent living, sometimes for the first time in their lives. Your donation today gives a meal or basic needs items for an adult with serious mental illness on their moving day – a loving welcome back to living independently!
5 — Spread the Word on Social Media
Part of National Recovery Month is increasing awareness of the recovery resources that our communities offer. You can help spread the word about KYC’s programs by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Don’t forget to like and follow KYC’s pages, too!
Recovery Resources at KYC
If you or someone you know is looking for support for substance use or mental health concerns, Kenneth Young Center is here to help. Through our suite of services, our team will work with you to find the right supports for each person. Call us today at 847−524−8800.
SMART Recovery is a peer-led, non-clinical program for participants to achieve healthy, positive, and balanced lifestyles while navigating substance use and addictive behaviors. “The only thing that’s universal is that you seek a solution” shared Daryl Pass, SMART Recovery Project Lead.
KYC offers personalized individual, couple, group, and family counseling to people who are working toward their mental health goals. More than 4,000 youth and adults receive outpatient therapy support from KYC each year.
Our Drop-In Center is a social setting for adults living with mental health diagnoses to find community and support daily. Click here to learn more and to view the current Drop-In Center activities!
KYC offers SUPR (Substance Use Prevention and Recovery) support programs to people who are living with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, as well as to people who do not have a mental health diagnosis.
Through our partnership with the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services, we offer employment services to help people with mental health diagnoses and disabilities find and keep employment.
PSR (Psychosocial Rehabilitation) helps adults living with severe and chronic mental illness work toward recovery by practicing skills to live, work, learn, and participate fully in the community.
Community Support Programs
We provide a range of intensive community-based mental health programs to support clients as they develop independent living skills.
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