Each year Community and Family Resources (CFR) joins the National Recovery Month effort to raise awareness that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can recover from mental health and substance use disorders.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, nearly one in every five adults experienced a mental illness in the past year, and approximately one in 12 needed treatment for a substance use disorder. Individuals and families in our community are affected by mental health and addiction disorders every single day, and this is a great opportunity to come together to demonstrate our support for those in recovery and reach out to those in need of treatment or support services.

In honor of Recovery Month, CFR is planning its fifth-annual Walk for Wellness, Race for Recovery 5K run/walk on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Ada Hayden Park in Ames. In addition to the 5K run/walk, a variety of family-friendly activities will follow the race, including: free chair massages, spin art, yard games, giveaways, healthy snacks and behavioral health resources.

Everyone is invited to join this celebration of wellness and recovery. Individuals and families may register for the run/walk, sign up to volunteer, or simply come to support the participants and enjoy the activities.

CFR is a local non-profit agency that offers substance abuse, mental health, and gambling treatment and prevention services. Counties served by CFR include Story, Webster, Boone, Hamilton, Wright, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Calhoun, Franklin and Hardin. In fiscal year 2017, CFR provided behavioral health treatment services to 2,998 unduplicated individuals. For additional information, visit CFR’s website at www.cfrhelps.org or call 515-232-3206.