Substance use disorders continue to be misunderstood and outside of few circles, are rarely spoken about. However, in a given year, substance use disorders will impact 22 MILLION people in the United States.
- Research shows that family support plays a major role in helping to prevent mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
- Family members can help identify when someone has a problem and connect them with the treatment, resources, and services they need to begin and stay on their recovery journey.
- In 2013, 8.8 percent of youth aged 12 to 17 were current illicit drug users and 11.6 percent were current alcohol users.
- Among 55.3 million adult binge drinkers, 44.0 million were employed.
- Among the 16.4 million persons reporting heavy alcohol use, 13.1 million were employed.
STAMP OUT STIGMA:
Stamp Out Stigma is an initiative spearheaded by the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use disorders. This campaign challenges each of us to transform the dialogue on mental health and addiction from a whisper to a conversation (Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, 2014).
PARTICIPATE IN A #SOSChat ON TWITTER:
In recognition of National Recovery Month, Stamp Out Stigma will be hosting a Twitter Chat with The National Council for Behavioral Health to help spread a positive message about living in recovery. Their chats will not only raise awareness, but educate people to reduce negative perceptions of behavioral health, giving participants an opportunity to speak openly about their mental health, substance use disorders, and well-being.
- Follow @StampStigma and @nationalcouncil as well as following and using the hashtag #SOSChat.
- Join both @StampStigma and @nationalcouncil, on Tuesday, September 22nd, at 1:00 p.m. EDT, by following #SOSChat (and using that hashtag in your tweets).
TALK ABOUT IT:
In the past year, millions of people have joined Stamp Out Stigma to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use disorders. Help continue educating and motivating yourselves and others by talking about it with friends, family, and coworkers. Your story could change a life. Do you know how to talk about mental health and substance use disorders? Learn more here: stampoutstigma.com/get-educated.html.
SOURCE: Stamp Out Stigma