This September, communities from across Ontario, Canada, and the world, come together to celebrate the many pathways to recovery, reduce stigma, and foster hope for overcoming addiction.
This year is the 11th annual celebration of recovery in Ontario, with the first recovery awareness campaign held in October 2006. Since then, the movement has gained momentum, with over 15 communities in Ontario participating.
Recovery Month spreads the message that with the right services and supports, recovery from addiction is possible, and calls for addiction to be treated and funded the same way as other illnesses.
Recovery month is celebrated in many different ways, including events such as Recovery Breakfasts, rallies, social media awareness, and more. A key component of recovery month involves individuals sharing their personal stories about their recovery, and the positive impact it has had on their families, communities and workplaces.
To find a Recovery Month celebration near you, visit www.addictionsandmentalhealthontario.ca
Looking for help?
For information about services and supports available to you, please contact:
If you are in crisis, please call 911 or visit your local emergency department.
Thursday, June 15, 2017 | Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas St. W)
Tickets: $35.00 (https://kiosk.eztix.co/kiosk-optimised/416650)
For dinner reservations: (416) 588-0307 or www.lula.ca.
Regeneration Community Services is a registered charity which provides housing and support services to individuals recovering from mental health and addiction issues. Established in 1977, we now serve over 400 individuals across the GTA. Please join us on Thursday, June 15, 2017 for an evening of fun and great entertainment featuring the
Toronto All-Star Big Band; reviving the spirit, style and sound of the 30’s,
40’s and 50’s.
Purchase a ticket to help support Regen and our members.
Click here to download a printable flyer! Hope to see you there.
It’s Time to Act.
Committed to a comprehensive and accessible mental health and addictions system for Ontario.
“It’s Time to Act” builds on the pillars of our ongoing work:
Our reality is that mental health and addictions affects everything around us, including:
- Communities – Mental health and addiction are intrinsically linked with housing, social services and employment.
- Families – Mental health and addiction problems affect everyone from children to seniors.
- Economy – Mental health and addiction problems have a direct impact on our productivity. This week, 500,000 Canadians will miss work because of mental health issues.
Mental illness and addiction also put pressure on our public health care system, as people struggling with these issues are more likely to use the health care or social systems.
The reality for Ontarians struggling with mental health and addiction problems:
- Getting trapped in a “revolving door” of emergency room visits
- Not getting the help they need; a reality for one-third of Ontarians who need mental health or addiction services
- Facing long wait times for help
As part of our province-wide association, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO), we are committed to working with the government and partners to support priority areas such as addiction and mental illness among children and youth, supportive housing, and increasing access to psychotherapy.
Our Call to Action
“It’s Time to Act” calls on the Government of Ontario to act by:
- Making mental health and addictions a priority
- Commit to increasing investments in mental health from 7% to 9% of overall spending
- Investing in prevention and promotion – saving lives and saving money
- Increasing the number of supportive housing units
- Reducing waiting times for people needing help for mental health and addiction problems
- Enhancing overall access to services, recognizing that one-third of people who need help cannot access the proper service
- Increasing resources for children and youth with mental health and addiction problems
- Taking a comprehensive view and recognizing the social determinants of health and the important links between psychological, social and physical health and strong communities
It’s Time to Act – Here’s how!
Getting involved is easy. The options are right at your fingertips.
- Add your voice to the campaign through social media using #time2act and the campaign graphics. Check out Regeneration Community Service’s activity on Facebook.
- Share your reason for why it’s #time2act by printing off the call-out bubble, writing in your reason, and posting a photo of yourself holding your bubble.
- Attend a mental health week event in your community.
- Donate to Regeneration Community Services to help us improve mental health and addiction services in your community.