On Monday, September 18, Mayor Carlo DeMaria proclaimed September as National Recovery Month. The Mayor and his administration have met regularly with health professionals and local organizations in Everett to discuss mental and substance use disorders in the community.
Mayor DeMaria stated, “National Recovery Month helps families and the public recognize the signs of mental and substance use disorders, which can lead more people into treatment programs, help them manage their conditions, and achieve healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally. In Everett, we encourage those in need to seek treatment programs, and encourage all citizens to assist this effort to create better public awareness of mental and substance abuse disorders.”
The Recovery Month observance continues to work to improve the lives of those affected by mental and/ or substance use disorders by raising awareness of these diseases and educating communities about the prevention, treatment, and recovery resources that are available.
The Mayor explained that National Recovery Month helps everyone become better aware that behavioral health is essential to one’s overall wellness, that prevention efforts work, that treatments programs are effective, and that people recover, especially with the support of families and their community.