September is Recovery Month — Join Us as #KingCountyGoesPurple

September is National Recovery Month. Recovery Month celebrates all those on their recovery journeys and spreads a message of hope to people, families, and communities. At King County DCHS, particularly our Behavioral Health and Recovery Division (BHRD), our shared vision to ensure that everyone in King County has a path to achieving and sustaining recovery so they can live full and healthy lives.

It’s important to remember that while most people with a behavioral health condition and access to behavioral health care can and do recover, the absence of care can upend many aspects of a person’s life and lead to instability. It will take all of us to work toward solutions to get people the care they need, when they need it.

Too often, people who experience mental health or substance use challenges can feel isolated and alone. But, in reality, millions of Americans experience these conditions, and over 20 million Americans are in recovery! Ending the silence and stigma around behavioral health is key to helping folks get support and resources on their recovery journey.

Show your support: Join our Social Campaign — #KingCountyGoesPurple

You’re invited to join King County DCHS’s social media campaign, “King County Goes Purple,” to celebrate Recovery Month. Purple has long been associated with recovery, so we’re inviting everyone to fill their social media posts with purple this September to spread the message that recovery happens and there is a robust recovery community ready to support one another. It is important for all to recognize that prevention of mental health and substance use disorders works, treatment is effective, and recovery happens, every single day.

So, whether you’re posting a picture of friends, sharing an inspirational story or message, highlighting a community event, or showing off your dance moves, do it in purple and use the hashtags #KingCountyGoesPurple and #RecoveryMonth. See the social media kit for more.

The Recovery Month theme is “Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community,” so whether you are a person in recovery, a loved one, or a service provider, please encourage your fellow community members to join in on the fun and support the cause.

Thank You to Behavioral Healthcare Workers

Recovery Month is also a moment to thank behavioral health workers and peers who make recovery possible for so many. Thank you for the hard work, compassion, and dedication that each of you give to our community every day in your roles. The care and the human connection you provide saves lives and is so critical to the recovery of so many in our community.