It’s no secret that substance abuse and mental disorders have had a major impact on our community in the last few years. On Saturday, September 24, 2022, Cornwall’s second annual Recovery Day will take place from 11am – 4pm at Lamoureux Park.
Recovery Day Cornwall is organized by CAPSA in partnership with HELP AMHRS. This event aims to reduce stigma and offer support to people with substance abuse disorder/mental health, along with their friends and families.
As part of this family-friendly event there will be several things happening, including:
- Narcan training
- Informational help/community support booths
“Tens of thousands of Cornwall, Ottawa and surrounding residents live with substance abuse disorders, most of them hidden. Even those who successfully recover are often reticent to talk about it because of stigma,” said the organizers on the event’s Facebook page.
“One of the things Recovery Day brings is hope. It is a place where people are beginning to come out and say we can have healthier lives if we work on this together.”
Ultimately, Recovery Day’s goal is not only to reduce stigma but to encourage more compassion towards people with substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Some individuals and community organizations attending this year’s Recovery Day include Mayor Glen Grant, MP Eric Duncan, Cornwall Police Service, CAPSA Advocate Jessabelle Pettipas (Beautiful Minds), CMHA Champlain East, Alcoholics/Cocaine Anonymous, and more.