Cincinnati Free Community Forum: The Opiate Epidemic: How Did We Get Here, and Where Are We Headed?

Are you interested in learning more about the opiate epidemic?  Featured speaker Sam Quinones will be appearing live at this free event to discuss the origins of Ohio’s heroin and pain-pill addiction crisis and how communities have responded to the challenge.  Take a moment and save the date!

Monday, October 12, 2015
6:00pm-8:00pm
Cintas Center at Xavier University
Schiff Conference Center
1624 Herald Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45207

This event is free, but registration is required. Register here!

Well Now Walk/Run & Wellness Fair

The Well Now Walk/Run & Wellness Fair brings together all kinds of families for a fun day of awareness and wellness. In addition to the Walk/Run, we will enjoy wellness games, activities, demonstrations and music fun for the whole family, including:

  • Over 25 Community Resource & Wellness Vendors
  • Health Screenings & Wellness Activities
  • Live Music
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Glitter Tattoos
  • Highland Dance
  • Yoga & Martial Arts Demos
  • Service Animal Obstacle Course Demo
  • Voter Registration

 

Proceeds benefit the Clermont County Mental Health Levy Committee.

Click here for more information and to register online, click here.

Opiate Task Force – September Meeting

Representatives from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will be joining the Task Force at this meeting to present ideas, best practices and innovations that are currently being used statewide to combat the opiate epidemic!  All members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend this special meeting.  Please click here to view the formal invitation and obtain detailed information on this meeting.

National Recovery Month

Recovery Month, held every September, increases awareness of mental health and substance use issues and celebrates the people who recover.  This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable!” highlights the value of peer support by educating, mentoring, and helping others.  The Recovery Month webpage provides a list of month-long events throughout the country. Groups and organizations can download a toolkit to promote local events.

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate National Recovery Month. They speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.

Now in its 26th year, Recovery Month highlights the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month also promotes the message that recovery in all of its forms is possible and encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.

The Recovery Month theme is carefully developed each year to invite individuals in recovery and their support systems to spread the message and share the successes of recovery.

History

Over the years, National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) has inspired millions of people to raise awareness about mental and/or substance use disorders, share their stories of recovery, and encourage others who are still in need of services and support.  Recovery Month began in 1989 as Treatment Works! Month, which honored the work of substance use treatment professionals in the field. The observance evolved into National Alcohol and Drug addiction Recovery Month in 1998, when it expanded to include celebrating the accomplishment of individuals in recovery from substance use disorders. The observance evolved once again in 2011 to National Recovery Month Recovery Month) to include all aspects of behavioral health.

Review the Recovery Month: 20 Years of Excellence and Achievement Timeline – 2009 (PDF | 357 KB), which showcases the many strides the treatment and recovery field has made and details the campaign’s success and evolution of Treatment Works! into National Recovery Month.

Support Organizations

Currently, more than 200 federal, state, and local government entities, as well as nonprofit organizations and associations affiliated with prevention, treatment, and recovery of mental and/or substance use disorders, comprise the Recovery Month Planning Partners’ group. The Planning Partners assist in the development, dissemination, and collaboration of materials; promotion; and event sponsorship for the Recovery Month initiative.

For more information, visit www.recoverymonth.gov.

Click here for the Recovery Month Toolkit!

 

Let’s Treat it Together: OPIATE ADDICTION

The concern is spreading about the need for communities to realize that we have an opiate epidemic statewide.  The need for educating ourselves and each other on this topic is paramount in order to combat this disorder.  In an effort to assist with awareness, we would like to share an excellent video that helps explain what addiction is, focusing specifically on opiate addiction, and offers suggestions on how best to treat this substance abuse disorder.  If you have a loved one, a close family member, friend or even know of someone who is currently struggling with this disease, take a moment to watch this video.

Risky Drinking Can Put a Chill on YOUR Summer Fun

The NIAAA developed a fact sheet highlighting the dangers of alcohol use with summer activities, such as swimming and boating, along with driving to vacation destinations.  Take a moment to review the NIAAA website for more information on items such as:  Do you know how much alcohol is really in your drink?  How many calories?  What’s the cost to you per week, month, or year?  Also, find out here with a handy drink calculator, all provided by NIAAA!

Mental Health: Yours, Mine and Ours Video

Check out this new video from the Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) at the University of Minnesota.  In a clear and concise way, Cari Michaels, MPH, helps us understand the importance of addressing the challenge of improving children’s mental health through a public health framework.

  • “The term ‘mental health’ is often misunderstood in our society. Many people think it means the same as ‘mental illness,’ or they think it’s the exact opposite of mental illness. But the meaning of ‘mental health’ is more complex than these popular views indicate.”

Imagine – looking at mental health through a public health lens. Who woulda thunk it?