Save the Date – May 19, 2017 – Mark Your Calendars
Carbon-Monroe-Pike Mental Health and Developmental Services (C-M-P MH/DS) will join with the Community Support Program to design the 17th Mental Health Awareness Walk. We have had 16 hugely successful walks and look forward to an even greater opportunity to fight stigma and educate the community about services available to the residents of Carbon, Monroe, and Pike Counties. The Walk is scheduled for Friday, May 19, 2017.
Participants are encouraged to arrive at New Hope Recovery Center located at 8th and Main Streets in Stroudsburg by 10:00 a.m. to ensure enough time to receive water bottles and T-shirts. Speakers will begin at 10:30 a.m. The actual walk will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the expectation that people will arrive at Dansbury Park in East Stroudsburg by 12:00 p.m.
Many providers of human services will have tables at the park where people can find materials and brochures explaining the different services available in our three counties. We will enjoy a wonderful lunch and people are invited to share stories of their recovery. Tina Clymer, Carbon-Monroe-Pike MH/DS Administrator, will serve as Master of Ceremonies by welcoming everyone; sharing thoughts related to the day’s mission; and introducing officials to share their thoughts about the day and the mission of community mental health services.
We have not yet chosen the 2017 theme for the Walk however it is with pride that we share some of the previous years’ themes. They each hold an inspirational meaning.
“Stigma Stops with Me”
“Recovery is a Journey that Begins With a Single Step”
“Every Step in Recovery Helps Stomp out Stigma”
“Hope, The Spirit of Recovery.”
Our speakers for the day share powerful stories of Recovery. Their words are ambassadors of hope for all of us. They make it very clear that Recovery from mental illness is possible and there are hundreds of people in our very own communities who are living proof that Recovery is possible.
Many people attend, participate, and contribute to the success of the event. Pastor Dana Antal with the Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church has been present for several years and has offered a blessing as well as his support for our mission. Gary Smith, a.k.a. ‘Gary in the Morning,’ has also participated for several years as our sound person. Without him we would have a far less dynamic day. Local politicians, community leaders, and the general public are always welcome.
Mark your calendar for Friday, May 19, 2017 and spread the word “Recovery is Possible.” Come participate, teach others, listen, and learn. Be a part of this great event! There is a lot to learn. There are medications and services in the community that can make a real difference in the lives of many. There are employment opportunities that enable consumers of mental health services to receive training to work as Certified Peer Specialists in our communities.
Join us and celebrate our successes and our renewal to our commitment to Recovery.