May 19, 2017 – Save the Date Carbon-Monroe-Pike Mental Health and Developmental Services (C-M-P MH/DS) and the Community Support Program are designing 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 T-shirts and water bottles. 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. We will enjoy a wonderful lunch and people are invited to share stories of their recovery. Jenifer Williams, Carbon-Monroe-Pike MH Deputy Administrator, will serve as Master of Ceremonies by welcoming everyone; sharing thoughts related to the day’s mission; and will invite public officials to introduce themselves and offer a few words about fighting stigma and or their thoughts of support for the mission of community mental health services. Our theme for this year’s walk is “Together We Recover.” 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.” Once everyone arrives at Dansbury Park we will have more speakers who 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. Between six and seven hundred people have attended in the past, and are expected to attend again this year. So, 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 treatment, services and supports in the community that can make a real difference in the lives of many.