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King County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Division (BHRD) recognizes and celebrates Recovery Month every September. 

BHRD's 2020 Recovery Month

This year's theme is “Rising Above It All: Wellness, Resilience & Recovery”. We are living in unprecedented times and now more than ever, prevention and treatment of behavioral health conditions across the lifespan are of upmost importance, as well as continued support for people in recovery. This year’s theme is a message of hope for individuals, families, and communities.

We have the capacity to rise above behavioral health and co-occurring challenges and experience improved quality of life.  This year’s theme also provides hope for creating a more socially just community where our most marginalized and oppressed neighbors can have equitable opportunities for health, happiness, self-reliance and connection to community.

The goal of Recovery Month is to:

  • reduce stigma associated with behavioral health conditions across the lifespan,
  • celebrate individuals in recovery from mental health, substance use, and co-occurring physical health conditions,
  • honor prevention, treatment and recovery support service providers, and
  • encourage individuals and communities to take action to help expand the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for families and individuals in need.

 For More Information

Contact Kathleen Murphy

Behavioral Health Recovery Specialist


Additional Resources

 National Recovery Month 2020

 National Recovery Month Events

 Washington Recovery Alliance

 2019 Art Contest

Recovery Month 2019 poster design by Clifford S. Parsons

2019 Recovery Month poster contest winning design by Clifford S. Parsons

Take a Closer Look at Our Theme

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Wellness is not the absence of disease, illness, and stress but the presence of purpose in life, active involvement in satisfying work and play, joyful relationships, a healthy body and living environment and happiness.

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Resilience is an inner capacity that when nurtured, facilitated, and supported by others empowers people, including children, youth, and families, to successfully meet life’s challenges with a sense of self-determination, mastery and hope.

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Recovery is a process of change through which individuals work to improve their own health and well-being, live a self-directed life, and strive to achieve their full potential.

 Search for Resources with Our Providers

In 2020 BHRD and our Recovery Month planning partners have collaboratively developed promotional material and are providing resources to help individuals, families, organizations, and communities plan and participate in events and activities throughout King County.

 Search for a Provider

National Recovery Month.

Get Involved!

Individuals of all ages and families can get involved and celebrate Recovery Month.

For example, you can enter our Recovery Poster Art and Poetry contest, complete our 30 days of Recovery Month calendar activity, or share how you are recognizing or celebrating Recovery Month on social media with the hashtag #KCRecoveryMonth.

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The Poster Art & Poetry Contest entry due date extended to September 18.

Contest details and the entry form can be found in the following forms:

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Complete as many calendar activities as possible during the 30 days of Recovery Month

You may be eligible for a “swag bag” full of creative items.

Starting in March 2020, households across our region and across the country will have the opportunity to participate in the 2020 Census. Your participation matters. Learn how you can promote a fair and accurate census at

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Contact Us

Phone 206-263-9000

TTY Relay: 711

Fax: 206-296-0583