September is National Recovery Month & National Suicide Prevention Month

Dear HCC Member:
Fall is here, school is back in session and HCC is moving forward with many projects! Here is the September HCC Newsletter and we've found some really valuable resources for you regarding National Recovery Month & National Suicide Prevention month. Don't miss the Suicide Prevention Article by one of our HCC members - Robyn Stanley.

As per our last meeting we are looking for Prize donations for our Youth Video Contest. (Find the donation form below) Also, if you are new to HCC or just learning about the coalition, you can find us on Facebook @yourlife-yourchoicehcc or you can find more information on our website: .
Thank you all for that you do in the community!
September is National Recovery Month.
Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. The  annual theme   is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community. Read More

Stories of Recovery

Being Young and Sober Sucks

My first real day sober was February 5th, 2008. What a s****y day. The long ass delusional story that got me to that point was something straight out of the movie "A Beautiful Mind" and not because I'm a genius or even that smart. Keep reading, I'll probably prove it.  Read more

My Young and Beautiful Struggle

Sometimes I feel like this fight is endless. And if we're being totally blunt about it, it is...addiction is a disease that I've battled since I was 13 years old and will continue to battle for the rest of my life. The difference is that, today, I know I don't have to suffer anymore.   Read more
September is National Suicide Prevention Month.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness . Read more

Suicide Prevention
by Robyn Stanley, High School Social Worker
Gowanda Central School District

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. Each year, more than  41,000 individuals die by suicide , leaving behind their friends and family to deal with the tragedy of the loss of a loved one .
Starting The Conversation About Suicide

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among teenagers and young adults. Everyone has a different reason for why they don’t want to live anymore. But taking your own life is never the answer. Read more
Sara's Story of Recovery

Come join us at the next HCC meeting on October 4th!
Help Is Only A Phone Call Away!
Youth Crisis Hotline Information
  Cattaraugus Community Action
24-Hour Crisis Hotline  (888) 945-3970
Olean General Hospital
24-Hour Crisis Hotline  (800) 339-5209
24-Hour Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

Youth Summit & Suicide Prevention Lifeline