Online festival raises awareness about substance abuse, mental health recovery | KOB 4

Online festival raises awareness about substance abuse, mental health recovery

Kai Porter
Created: September 27, 2020 05:10 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —An online festival that took place over the weekend helped raise awareness and offer hope to people recovering from substance abuse and mental illness.

The Stronger Together Recovery Festival spanned two days and was organized by the Recovery Communities of New Mexico and the Behavioral Health Planning Council.

"Being in this experience that we are in right now during the pandemic, we were really saddened at the thought of not being able to do the live events that we normally do to celebrate people in recovery and allow people to share their voices and their stories and so what we decided is that let's go virtual,” said Wendy Linebrink-Allison, with the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line.

Linebrink-Allison said calls for help have increased during the pandemic, which is why it’s so important to let people know what resources are available and that recovery is possible.

"When you're thinking about the pandemic and social distancing and quarantining and withdrawing from society, we're thinking about how many people we're missing, that we aren't seeing their signs and symptoms of what's going on,” she said.

The festival featured videos of New Mexicans sharing their stories of recovery, performances, and virtual booths with live video chats and resources.

"And when we share our stories we offer hope, we offer people the opportunity to understand, ‘Oh, there are resources out there. I didn't know what I should be asking for.’ So this event is more than just sharing people's stories, but this is also about sharing resources and talking about what we can do in the community and bringing people together."

Linebrink-Allison said all the videos and resources from the festival will still be available to view anytime.

"I want people to know that you're not alone, that resources are available, and that if you do not know to turn, then make sure that you're reaching out and asking for help,” she said.

For more information about the event, click here.

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