Event to Raise Awareness of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
In recognition of National Recovery Month, Hands Across the Alsea Bay Bridge celebrates the journey of those living in recovery. This annual event offers hope and connection for anyone affected by addiction or mental health disorders.
Join Lincoln County community members, treatment professionals, and prevention organizations for this celebration on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Hand Across the Bridge has three main activities happening throughout the day:
● 10:00am-2:00pm Prescription Drug Take Back event. Safely dispose any unused or expired medications to protect your family and the environment. No questions asked. Bring medications to the Lincoln County Sheriff Substation behind Waldport City Hall, 125 Alsea Highway.
● 11:30am Bridge Crossing. Join hands with others across the Alsea Bay Bridge to demonstrate the reach that substance use and mental health disorders have in our community. Meet at the Alsea Interpretive Center, 620 NW Spring ST Parking Lot in Waldport.
● 12:30pm-3:00pm BBQ and Celebration. Join community members living in recovery, supporting those in recovery, and everything in between for a BBQ lunch. Attendees will find connection, support, and resources. This celebration will be held at the Seashore Family Literacy Center, 265 SW Bay St. in Waldport.
Every year during National Recovery Month, communities throughout the U.S. come together, explore resources, and share their stories. Gatherings like the local Hands Across the Bridge event remind us that substance use disorders and mental health disorders can happen to anyone, but recovery is possible.
Recovery month is also a reminder that prevention works. This is a great time to talk with youth or loved ones about substance abuse, gambling concerns, or a change in their mental health. Help remove the stigma of addiction and mental health disorders by talking with those close to you and connecting with treatment or support services.
Tips on how to start conversations around substance use:
● The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: https://drugfree.org/ or call 1-855-378-4373
● The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:
Lincoln County Public Health, in collaboration with our community partners, provides leadership to assure the conditions for healthy communities.