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Lincoln – Mental health and substance use disorders affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, geographic regions, and socioeconomic levels. These individuals can get better, both physically and emotionally, with the support of a welcoming community. Families and communities can find hope and spread the message that recovery works by celebrating Recovery Month in September.
“Oftentimes, individuals who experience mental health or a substance use disorder feel isolated and alone," said Sheri Dawson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health. “Yet, every year, millions of Americans experience these conditions. It's important that we offer support to individuals facing mental health and substance use disorders like we do for individuals with physical health illnesses. We need to create environments and relationships that normalize the healthcare conversation. There is help and there is hope, that mental health and substance use disorders can be treated and allow individuals to live their best lives."
Trying to support someone in recovery? A few tips:
The Division of Behavioral Health's Office of Consumer Affairs holds its Lights of Hope event each year. This year's event will be online. If you or someone you know are interested in lighting a virtual candle on behalf of your own recovery, a loved ones, or in memory of a loved one who has passed as a result of a behavioral health condition, please use the following link to personalize and submit your entry: https://dhhs.ne.gov/RecoveryMonth. The submission deadline is Sept.26. Messages will be posted on the DHHS Facebook page the week of Sept.27. Please do not include any personal identifying information in your message beyond your first name. We are unable to include any messages that include inappropriate or offensive language.
During Recovery Month, the Division of Behavioral Health will hold weekly Facebook Live sessions, with the second, devoted to mental health recovery and resources, will be held Friday, Sept.10, at 1 pm. https://www.facebook.com/NEDHHS.
The Lincoln Regional Center Peer Advisory Council is collaborating with Office of Consumer Affairs to sponsor an on-campus activity for persons receiving services at the Lincoln Regional Center. The activity recognizes persons past and present who have embraced recovery from substance abuse and mental health challenges. Beginning Sept. 6 and concluding Sept. 26, residents will create and decorate a luminaries that honor the person in recovery by first name and last initial. The luminaries will be placed on the front entrance/walkway of each treatment unit with a purple light, which represents the Recovery Month celebration. Efforts are also underway to illuminate a tall structure on the campus of the Lincoln Regional Center in purple light during this time to honor those in recovery past, present and future, in order to increase public awareness of the movement.
Other upcoming events include:
Help is available. If you or a loved one need assistance, please reach out to: