SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH!
Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders touch everyone’s lives; whether you are currently in recovery, struggle with recovery, or care about someone who has struggled with recovery, you are familiar with the devastation it can cause. Our annual event is meant to recognize those in recovery and empower people to overcome their struggles.
Please join us as we celebrate recovery and kick off Recovery Month on September 1st, 2017 with a Recovery Rally on the Statehouse Steps followed by a Recovery March through downtown Boise that takes you to the Recovery Celebration at the Julia Davis Park Bandshell! There will be a BBQ, many family friendly activities, a concert by “Time4Change” with special appearances by other talented musicians in recovery, a special park screening of The Anonymous People and a luminary tribute to those we have lost and those who still suffer. Learn more here!
The Recovery Month Awards and Proclamation event will be located in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Idaho State Capitol. People affected by recovery will share their stories, individuals throughout the state will be recognized for their contributions to recovery in Idaho, and one lucky winner will receive the Idaho Voice of Recovery award. Lieutenant Governor Brad Little will show his support by presenting the 2017 Recovery Month Proclamation on the Capitol steps at 2 pm.
There will also be an art-display in the 1st floor rotunda. People throughout the state will be able to have their recovery-oriented stories, poems, photography, or other art on display at the Idaho State Capitol. After the event the art will be displayed at the Idaho Health and Welfare office and on the Behavioral Health Events website.
What can you do?
- Nominate a person in recovery to receive an award – contact your local Behavioral Health Board to submit a nomination. Nominations are due in July, so don’t wait! Behavioral Health Board contact information can be found here.
- Submit your artwork to be displayed in the Capitol – submit the Art Display Release Form located here along with an image of your artwork to Nicole Tuffield at Nicole.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Share the Art Display Flyer – hang a copy of the flyer in your office, at the library, your favorite coffee shop, everywhere! The flyer is located here.
- Mark your calendar – the event will be September 1, 2017 at the Idaho State Capitol. Speakers, awards, and the proclamation will begin at 12:30 pm. A flyer will be sent out closer to the event.
- Share events from your community – let us know what is happening in your community so we can add it to our Behavioral Health Events calendar located at www.BehavioralHealthEvents.dhw.idaho.gov.