September is National Recovery Month 2023

The National focus for Recovery Month 2023 is “HOPE IS REAL. RECOVERY IS REAL.

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), which started in 1989, is a national observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the nation’s strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery in all its forms possible.

Richland County Mental Health And Recovery Services Board aims to increase public awareness surrounding mental health and addiction recovery.

With the support of local agencies, businesses, community organizations, peer supporters, friends and family we want every Richland County resident to know how to find local resources.

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The Richland County Behavioral Health System and its supporters have adopted the theme of “Local Hope for Local Recovery.” We will spend the month recognizing and emphasizing the availability of great resources close to home.

RECOVERY: With the help of Community Action for Capable Youth, Mansfield UMADAOP,The National Alliance on Mental Illness and 33 Forever a concerted effort has been made to provide education and prevention services to adults in the community and youth in the schools strengthening resilience and awareness to signs and symptoms of illness and how to seek help.

RECOVERY: We continue to provide support to over 6500 residents annually through the HELPline and the Warmline. The Homeless response team has made contact with over 400 people, providing 180 referrals for assistance and the Opiate Response Team have reached out to over 700 residents and provided access to help.

RECOVERY: The Behavioral Health Urgent Care at Catalyst Life Services continues to serve anaverage of 70 people a month and has expanded hours and services to better serve the community. This provides immediate access where and when it is needed.

RECOVERY: With the implementation of the Mobile Response Stabilization Services by Family Life Counseling and Psychiatric Services, residents with youth can now access crisis services in their home or other convenient community settings.

RECOVERY: Treatment services were provided to over 7500 Richland County Residents during fiscal year 2023. These services have assisted many individuals to return to work, repair relationships, take charge of their lives and demonstrate that Recovery Works and Recovery is Possible.

RECOVERY: The “Know It Before You Need It” initiative increase our county awareness of mental health and addiction services before people need them. We are continuing to grow our “The Neighbor to Neighbor” movement, encouraging the community to be willing to see who in your life is struggling, even if that is you, and help them get help. Recovery doesn’t have quick fix, magic pill or switch to flip. The reality is recovery takes time, tenacity, training and community. Know that in Richland County, Ohio there is local help, local hope and local recovery.

As a community we encourage Richland County residents, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses, and schools to be the helpers. This can be done by increasing awareness and understanding of what recovery requires, what services are available in Richland County, and how to help someone find these resources.

Through out the month of September there will be celebrations, events, and opportunities to increase your Recovery knowledge and to learn more about services and service providers available in Richland County, Ohio.

Please join us in supporting recovery by attending, participating in, and sharing the events being offered throughout the month of September

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram to help share a message of Hope. #RECOVERYMONTH2023 #RECOVERYISREAL #RichlandRECOVERS

2023 Recovery Month Press Release

Events for Recovery Month include:

August 31st at 11:00a.m. The dedication of the Jericho Wall of Remembrance and Recovery will be held at the corner of Bowman Street and West Dickson beside First Christian Church. This date has significance as it is National Drug Overdose Awareness Day. The Jericho Wall is a memorial park for family of those who are casualties of addiction. There will be a butterfly release in memory of those who are no longer with us. For more information or to make a donation go to

August 31st at 6:00p.m. In honor of the Annual International Overdose Awareness Day there will be a remembrance gathering at Lexington Community Park. There will be a candlelight vigil. Toiletry items will be collected to help those in need.

September 1st thru September 30th Community Action for Capable Youth (CACY) will be offering Deterra medication disposal pouches at no charge to the public. The bags are a convenient and safe way to dispose of unused and unwanted medications. For more information or to receive a free pouch, please contact the CACY office at 419-774-5683.

September 1st thru September 30th CACY will host a mental health myth vs. fact trivia game in the schools they work with to raise awareness about mental health and to engage students in conversations that reduce stigma about depression and suicide. CACY will also be distributing mental health resource cards for students.

September 1st thru September 30th Properly storing lethal means can assist families with members in the home who struggle with mental health concerns. Community Action for Capable Youth (CACY) offers lock boxes at no charge (while supplies last) to eligible families. Contact 419-774-5683 or for more details.

September 1st thru September 30th Catalyst Life Services will have Helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or someone you know is dealing with a mental health or addiction crisis please call 419-522-HELP (4357).

September 1st thru September 30th The Behavioral Health Urgent Care at Catalyst Life Services offers access to services without an appointment. You can receive and initial assessment or brief and solution-focused counseling for Mental Health and Addiction. Located at 741 Scholl Road in Mansfield the urgent care is open Monday and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

September 1st thru September 30th The Warmline will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for questions or concerns regarding mental health. For more information call 419-522-5300.

Tuesdays in September at 7:30 p.m. Jeff and Donna Heck of 33 Forever, in collaboration with Mid State Multi Media, host a weekly show called Sparking the Conversation. The show will address issues related to mental health and suicide while sharing positive stories and outcomes regarding the same. The focus on this show is to bring Mental Health conversations to the local community regarding hope, resiliency and the availability of resources to help those in need. For more information please go to or email

September 5th at 9:30 a.m. The Richland County Commissioners will offer a proclamation to help Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board celebrate Recovery Month. The event will be held in the Commissioner’s Board Room at the Richland County Courthouse.

September 5th 7 at :00 p.m. On behalf of the City of Shelby, Mayor Steve Schag will offer a proclamation to help Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board celebrate Recovery Month. The event will be held at Shelby City Hall.

September 6th at 7:00 p.m. On behalf of the City of Ontario, Mayor Randy Hutchinson will offer a proclamation to help Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board celebrate Recovery Month. The event will be held at Ontario City Hall.

September 7th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. New Beginnings Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services- A Catalyst Company will host the 2nd Annual Celebrate Recovery event at the New Beginnings Campus 703 W Scholl Road in Mansfield Ohio.Parking is at the Rehab Center 270 Sterkel Blvd in Mansfield. This event celebrates Recovery Month with food, music, games, selfie-station, dunk-tank and a rock memorial. An Alumni Lead meeting will follow at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP to

September 7th at 5:00 p.m. Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation will host its Art of Healing Dinner with special guest Henry Winkler in Columbus . Tickets are available here

September 8th at 10:33 a.m. The 5th Annual 33 Forever Golf Outing, Auction and Charity Dinner will be held at Westbrook County Club. For more information or to register go to

September 9th 11:00 a.m. Please join us for the 2nd Annual Mansfield Area Recovery Picnic. The event will be held at the Gazebo at Central Park in Mansfield. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy the day full of various speakers, positive uplifting music and information from local area mental heath and recover services providers. Boxed lunch pre-orders are available from Dan
Lew Exchange
for $12.95. Orders need to be placed by September 6th by calling 419-522-7699 or you can bring your own food and beverages. This is an alcohol free event. For more information contact Mike Sizemore, during normal business hours, at 419-774-5819.

September 13th from 5:00 p.m. Gravity Ohio and Dan Lew Exchange presents Ted Yoder, Hammered Dulcimer Life in Concert. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 6:00 p.m.. Tickets are $25 Per person or tables of 6 for $135. This includes the concert and a buffet dinner.

September 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. NAMI Support Group will host a free meeting available and open to the public with a guest speaker from Healing Hearts Counseling. The presenter will talk about Addiction and Mental Health and treatment that is available for those in need. Call NAMI at (419) 522-6264 for more information.

September 18th at 7:30 p.m. On behalf of the Village of Lexington Mayor Brian White will offer a proclamation supporting the Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board as they celebrate Recovery Month. The event will be held at Village Hall in Lexington.

September 28th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 p.m. Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board in collaboration with 33Forever and NAMI Richland County is celebrating Recovery Month by hosting a screening of Suicide: The Ripple Effect at the Mansfield Playhouse. This is the documentary created by Kevin Hines who survived jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. The Board will sponsor refreshments for this event.

September 29th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 p.m. Join Family Life Counseling with the “Final Friday” of Recovery Month 2023 by
partaking in a candlelight vigil commemorating those loved ones lost from overdose. This will be held at our 240 Marion Ave location (SUD Treatment Services/ Level Up Fitness Building). We will have music, food, and of course the candles for the vigil. A long-term recovery speaker will share their experience, strength, and hope for recovery, while our building will be open to walk-thru and view where recovery happens. Please contact us at 419-774-9969 for more information. Hope to see you there!

For updates on this calendar please go to the Board’s calendar at or call the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board at 419-774-5811.