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Recovery Awareness Efforts

Day of Self Discovery Conference (held in May)

Begun in 2001, the Day of Self Discovery Conference is an annual event that brings together individuals in Allegheny County who are personally involved in the process of Recovery. Persons who live with mental health concerns or substance use disorders, along with their family members and other supportive stakeholders gather to share about their Recovery experiences in varied and creative ways.

 Recovery Month (September)

Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of treatment for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. DHS offers recovery-related materials on its website.

ACCR Recovery Festival
The Allegheny County Coalition for Recovery (ACCR) Recovery Festival was held annually in September at Schenely Park in Oakland. Festivities included food, games, speakers and award-presentations. A 5K Walk/Run was added in 2004 and 2005 to raise awareness about the fact that recovery is possible and durable.

pdf.gif Hope and Change - Imagine the Possibilities
This booklet was created in 2008 by the Allegheny County Coalition for Recovery to promote the belief that people can and do recover from mental illness and substance use addiction.

Un-Dependence Day
Held in July of 2006 and 2007, the goals of Un-Dependence Day were to raise awareness of the universality of recovery, to reduce stigmatization of those who live with mental health issues and/or diseases of addiction and to create a supportive community that believes in the possibility of recovery and the value of the principles that make it happen. The Allegheny County Coalition for Recovery, of which DHS is a member, sponsored the events as part of National Recovery Awareness Month.

Mental Health

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (SOCI)
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is designed to encourage youth and family to take an active role in deciding how to live with a mental illness, give youth with mental health concerns the tools they need, and bring the community together to find ways to improve mental health services.

Mental Health Screening Day
Each October, in recognition of National Depression Screening Day, DHS encourages aindividuals to take a free, self-administered, online screening for depression and other signs of compromised mental health in order to help them assess their risk for mood and anxiety disorders. An evaluation and response is immediate and, if appropriate, contact information is provided for further assistance.

World Mental Health Day
The DHS Office of Behavioral Health, System of Care Initiative, Starting Early Together (SET) program and the Allegheny Family Network celebrated World Mental Health Day on October 10, 2007 by distributing friendship ribbons to the public to promote mental health awareness and wellness.

Drug and Alcohol

Alcohol Screening Day
Each April, in recognition of National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD), DHS encourages individuals to take a free, self-administered, online screening related to their use of alcohol. The goal of the event is to raise awareness and educate the public about alcohol use and related health concerns. Screenings can be done in the privacy of your own home and all information provided is confidential. An evaluation and response is immediate and contact information is provided for assistance and resources.