Mayor proclamation honoring Rise Up efforts on International Overdose Awareness Day


August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD), a day that remembers those that lost their lives to overdose. The stigmas attached to overdose and addiction are multifaceted and Rise Up Recovery is working to alleviate some of those and much more. The tie in to IOAD makes much more sense when you think about it for a moment. The best way for an addict to not overdose is to recover. Recovery is a long, personal journal that looks different for so many. The proclamation helps bring to light the affects of addiction and that there is hope for everyone to have a better life.

Recovery Month, September 2022

WHEREAS, Mental health and substance use disorders affect all communities nationwide; with commitment and support, those impacted can embark on a journey of improved health and overall wellness. The focus of Recovery Month each September is to celebrate all people that make the journey of recovery possible by embracing the tagline, “Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.” Recovery Month spreads the message that people can and do recover every day.

WHEREAS, the impact of mental health and substance use disorders is apparent in our local community. Through Recovery Month, people become more aware and able to recognize the signs of mental health and substance use disorders and encourage people in need of recovery services to seek help. Managing the effects of these conditions helps individuals achieve healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally.

WHEREAS, The Recovery Month observance continues to work to improve the lives of those affected by mental health and substance use disorders by raising awareness and educating communities about the effective services that are available. For the above reasons, I am asking the citizens of Hastings to join me in celebrating this September as Recovery Month.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Mayor Mary Fasbender of the City of Hastings, do hereby proclaim the month of September as Recovery Month in Hastings and call upon our community to observe this month with compelling programs and events that support this year’s observance, the 32nd anniversary of Recovery Month.

– Mary D. Fasbender, Mayor.

September 7, 2022