Category Archives: Recovery Month

Recovery Month: Help is Available

National Recovery Month highlights that recovery works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.  

We know that each recovery journey is unique—there are numerous treatment options and recovery pathways available to those dealing with substance use and/or mental health disorders in San Mateo County.

Learn how you can support someone who has who is struggling with alcohol or drugs and the types of treatment options available.   

Call the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Access Call Center at 1(800) 686-0101 (or for hearing impaired, dial 711). For more information or visit www.smchealth.org/bhrsservices 

Recovery Comedy Show: “One Laugh Time” with Mark Lundholm

In support and celebration of Recovery Month, come join us for a night of comedy, “One Laugh Time,” featuring Mark Lundholm.

September 29, 2020 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM
MC: Brendan Winans
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See the full list of Recovery Month events and and details at vorsmc.org/recovery-happens. All events are virtual. Please register in advance.

If you or some you know is in need of mental health and/or substance use treatment or support, call Behavioral Health & Recovery Services at 1-(800) 686-0101 or visit www.smchealth.org/bhrsservices

The Impact of Criminal Justice on Personal Recovery

People in Recovery come from all walks of life. This year San Mateo County’s Recovery Month will spotlight those in recovery who have come into contact with or run afoul of the criminal justice system. To highlight this topic a special panel of guest speakers and moderators have been assembled for this discussion. All are welcome.

Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 6:00 PM
Moderator: Lee Harris
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See the full list of Recovery Month events and and details at vorsmc.org/recovery-happens. All events are virtual. Please register in advance.

If you or some you know is in need of mental health and/or substance use treatment or support, call Behavioral Health & Recovery Services at 1-(800) 686-0101 or visit www.smchealth.org/bhrsservices

Voices of Recovery Screening: “The S word”

September is both Recovery month and Suicide Prevention Month. Join Voices of Recovery for a free screening of “The S Word” which will address this important issue and give hope to survivors as well as those impacted by suicide. There will be time for questions and answers at the screening.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 6–8 PM
Please register here.

See the full list of Recovery Month events at vorsmc.org/recovery-happens. All events are virtual. Please register in advance.

If you or some you know is in need of mental health or substance use support or treatment, call Behavioral Health & Recovery Services at 1-(800) 686 0101 or visit www.smchealth.org/bhrsservices

Black Lives Matter and Black Recovery Matters

In the fight for equality and end to racism, we must listen to those who have lived experience. In recovery we rely on the support of our peers, and this means that their struggles are our struggles. With this in mind we host this event with special speakers to share on the topic of black recovery. 

Telling our stories of anti-black racism and recovery is an important means of educating the community. We welcome everyone to join us for this significant discussion.

Thursday, September 17, 2020 | 6–8 PM
Moderator: Pam Ward
REGISTER HERE

See the full list of Recovery Month events and and details at vorsmc.org/recovery-happens. All events are virtual. Please register in advance.

If you or some you may need mental health or substance use care or support, call Behavioral Health & Recovery Services at 1-(800) 686-0101 or visit www.smchealth.org/bhrsservices

San Mateo County Celebrates National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month. This observance celebrates the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance use disorders, reminding us that treatment is effective and that people can and do recover. It also serves to help reduce the stigma and misconceptions that cloud public understanding of mental and substance use disorders, potentially discouraging others from seeking help. 

Recovery Month in San Mateo County kicks off with a candlelight vigil on August 28 followed by a number of events throughout the month of September including an art show, comedy show, black lives matter event and more. See the full list of events and details at vorsmc.org/recovery-happens. All events are virtual. Please register in advance.

If you or some you know may need mental health or substance use care or support, call Behavioral Health & Recovery Services at 1-(800) 686-0101 or visit www.smchealth.org/bhrsservices

August 28: 4th Annual Recovery month Candlelight Vigil

red lighted candle

September is National Recovery Month and San Mateo County and Voices of Recovery will be celebrating with a number of events throughout the month, starting with a candlelight vigil on August 28.

Candles light our way and illuminate the space above us. It is our way to dispel darkness and proclaim life, and to proclaim hope. Families all over the world will dispel the darkness of addiction and proclaim our hope in a candle lighting ceremony during an event called Lights of Change.

Join us as on August 28, at 6 p.m. as we light candles to:

• Honor our loved ones in the bondage of active addiction
• Give our gratitude for those who have found their way out of the darkness of addiction
• Remember and honor the lives lost to addiction
• Raise Awareness and Promote Recovery

The event will feature speakers who are in recovery.

To join us on Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here. For details please see the flier here. See a complete list of Recovery Month events throughout September at www.vorsmc.org/recovery-happens.

Board Proclaims September as National Recovery Month

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors presented Ray Mills (center), Executive Director of Voices of Recovery San Mateo County, the proclamation designating September 2019 as National Recovery Month this week. Ray is picture with BHRS Director Scott Gilman (left), and Supervisor Dave Pine (right). Learn more about Recovery Month and the upcoming picnic and dance.

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