Mental Health Awareness Month – HRDI Celebrates Recovery!

 Recovery is a reality. It can, will, and does happen!

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We concluded our Mental Health Awareness celebrations with a final event at the Recovery and Recreational Center on May 30, 2014.  The event was a success as the Division of Mental Health employees and consumers came out in record numbers to celebrate recovery and wellness.  We would like to thank all the consumers who shared their excellent stories of recovery and all the OMH staff who worn green to support mental health awareness.

He who has hope has everything.
– Arabian Proverb
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 Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.
– Helen Keller

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 Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas Edison

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 Superman’s not brave. You can’t be brave if you’re indestructible. It’s every day people, like you and me, that are brave knowing we could easily be defeated but still continue forward. – unknown

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 To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. – Anatole France

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 Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.
– Dr. Dale Turner

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 You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you. – Dan Millman

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 Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.  – Og Mandino

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 Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. – Ambrose Redmoon

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 Fall seven times, stand up eight. – Japanese proverb

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 Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings. – Elie Weisel

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Guiding Principles of Recovery
  • There are many pathways to recovery.
  • Recovery is self-directed and empowering.
  • Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change and transformation.
  • Recovery is holistic.
  • Recovery has cultural dimensions.
  • Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness.
  • Recovery is supported by peers and allies.
  • Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude.
  • Recovery involves a process of healing and self-redefinition.
  • Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma.
  • Recovery involves (re)joining and (re)building a life in the community.
  • Recovery is a reality. It can, will, and does happen.
Source: CSAT White Paper: Guiding Principles and Elements of Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care.