There are universal truths in our lives. One of them is that we are born into this world and gifted with ‘life’.
The definition of life is controversial and alludes to a living organism maintaining homeostasis or balance. Living is further defined as … a cycle, which through process, action, reaction, evaluation and growth we adapt and evolve in our environment. The quality of living is unique to each of us and includes our ability to enjoy the fruits of our life. This process is often interrupted when we experience symptoms relating to mental health and substance use disorders.
Every person is impacted directly or indirectly by mental health and substance use. These are common and treatable disorders, yet many people do not ask for help. The lack of awareness, embarrassment, shame and fear of rejection prohibit people from asking for help even with the knowledge that anyone can recover and/or manage their condition successfully. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a working definition of recovery that defines it as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives and strive to reach their full potential.
This holiday season, we can offer the “gift of life” by raising awareness and educating ourselves about mental health and substance use disorders. Symptom identification, addressing our biases and gaining insight into community resources empower us to recognize, understand, encourage and support others to seek help.
The support of family, friends and/or professionals is instrumental in encouraging individuals in our families and communities to reach out and accept help so they can recover, restore balance and embrace the “gift of life”.
You are cordially invited to attend a Community Event on Dec. 14, 2018, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Seneca Falls Community Center, 35 Water St.
Narcan trainings are offered at 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Talk Saves Lives at 6 p.m. Come learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it.
Speakers will include recovering individuals and family members.
Information on Community Resources will be offered throughout the event.