Public Understanding

Public Understanding 2017-12-18T14:36:59+00:00

The WRA works proactively to improve public understanding and reduce societal prejudice associated with mental health conditions and substance use disorders.  We do this through:

  • News outlets: Working with news media outlets to promote recovery stories and the use of pro-recovery language in behavioral health reporting
  • Media engagement trainings: Equipping individuals in recovery from behavioral health disorders, impacted family members, and behavioral health professionals with tools to engage with media outlets
  • Events: Hosting community events that celebrate and put a public face on recovery
  • Social media campaigns: Harnessing the power of social media to spread the message that recovery is not only possible, but expected, when people are met with appropriate resources.  Our most recent campaign is #GiftsOfRecovery, promoted during December 2017.
  • Speaker’s bureau: Training a cadre of individuals in recovery from substance use disorder and mental health conditions to tell their recovery narratives
  • Promotional tools: Using items such as T-shirts to spread recovery messages.  In the fall of 2017, we held a recovery t-shirt design contest.  The winning design was by Paulette Chaussee and reads: “Worth Saving: Recovery Happens.”