Join the Voices for Recovery on Sept. 22
Celebrating those in recovery of mental and substance use disorders
Do you know someone with a mental illness or substance use disorder? It may be your parent or grandparent. Your friend or neighbor. Your child. You.
Behavioral health conditions affect people of all ages and backgrounds. On Saturday, Sept. 22, Gundersen Health System will host a celebration in La Crosse from 5 to 9 p.m. as part of National Recovery Month, a large national observance. The event will increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders in our community, and promote the following messages:
- Behavioral health is essential to health
- Prevention works
- Treatment is effective
- People recover
"We are excited to host the second annual National Recovery Month Celebration. After last year's successful celebration, we continue to celebrate the robust recovery community that the La Crosse area offers. We are not trying to minimize the crisis, but show people that there is hope in overcoming addiction with the proper resources. Families came together for the event last year to show support, that never have before. That is what the celebration is all about— giving people hope by celebrating those who are already in recovery, along with highlighting the resources in our community, and remembering those who have lost the battle," says Tammy Anderson, clinical manager, Gundersen Unity House.
The National Recovery Month Celebration will take place on Gundersen's La Crosse Campus at the corner of Sims Place and Gundersen Drive. Parking is available in Park-Blue. The event is free and open to the public:
- 5-7 p.m. – Karaoke, food, games, prizes and resource tables
- 7-7:30 p.m. – Sobriety countdown
- 7:30-8:30 p.m. – Speakers from the AA and Al-Anon community sharing messages of hope
- 8:30-9 p.m. – Closing and candlelight remembrance event
Recovery Month is a celebration sponsored each September by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The 2018 National Recovery Month theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in health, home, purpose and community," explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of person with mental and substance use disorders.
This local event is funded, in part, by Gundersen Medical Foundation and Gundersen Partners. If you have questions, please contact Tammy at (608) 775-4753.