And yet, despite all the information available, there are still many people who feel that a mental health disorder is something one can simply decide NOT to have; that it can be wished away or turned “off.”
So, what if people with physical illnesses and injuries were the given the same advice given to those suffering from mental and behavioral illnesses? Can’t picture it? Well, artist, Robot Hugs, can, and has created a helpful cartoon to show just how that would look.
The Cottonwood Recovery Celebration is only 4 days away! This Saturday, September 4th, meet us at Garrison Park for an afternoon of live music, lunch, and celebration as we listen to stories from people whose treatment has taken them on a journey of recovery.
We hear success stories quite a bit and usually, they focus on the same type of successes.
We hear the great success stories of those who have battled weight loss. The stories are usually splashed across magazines in the grocery aisle and those who have lost the most quite often make it to the talk show circuit. We also hear success stories of those who have obtained a physical fitness goal; running a 5k or planking for 10 minutes. Stories also seem to circulate about those who have achieved entrepreneurial success: newspaper boy to newspaper owner, for instance.
Success stories are wonderful, for they encourage all who hear them. But there are other success stories equally if not more important. They are the stories of recovery told by those who struggled, found treatment and then, found success. It’s these stories we celebrate this September during National Recovery Month.
In its 25th year, Recovery Month “promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders.” Simply put, Recovery Month is about spreading the message that behavioral health is a crucial part of overall health. They go hand in hand. It’s the message that “prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can, and do, recover.”
This year’s theme is “Join the Voices of Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out” and on Saturday, September 20, from 11am-1pm, we invite you to join us at Garrison Park at the Cottonwood Recovery Celebration. We’ll have live music, a free lunch, and stories from those in our community celebrating recovery.
Social media sites are a great way to stay in touch with friends. Sites like Facebook allow you to share in someone’s life, even across the planet. It’s pretty remarkable, when you think about it: long lost friends have been reunited, connections have been made, and countless online communities have sprung up, each geared toward bringing together people with common interests: Photography, cooking, sports, parenting…you name it, there’s a Facebook group for it.
But with as wonderful as sites like Facebook can be, they can also wreak havoc on one’s self esteem. Take the following status, for example:
“I just ran 12 miles and now I’m off to make a 10-course gourmet meal while my children play happily in the backyard. Oh and look, I lost another 5 pounds!”
Embellished posts like these can be a little disheartening when the closest you got to exercise today is wearing sweat pants, just ordered take-out pizza and had to referee your own children whose voices reached ear shattering levels over a toy they both wanted to play with at the same time.
If you’ve found yourself reading Facebook status’ and comparing your life to the seemingly perfect lives of those in your newsfeed, you’re not alone. Most of us have. Just remember that what you are reading is just a tiny slice from the highlights of someone’s life; highlights that are often made to sound as wonderful as possible.
So enjoy social media for the all the good it brings, but remember that there’s no such thing as a perfect life…unless it’s on Facebook.
It’s good to CELEBRATE. Not just the milestone accomplishments, but all the many steps along the way, for each step forward is worthy of applause.
Join with us for the Cottonwood Recovery Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 20th at Garrison Park. We’ll have live music and free lunch while we celebrate the spirit of recovery as a community. Hope to see you there!