Both and Recovery
With growing issues around mental health and addiction, colleges and universities are becoming more open to supporting recovery on-campus. It is more important than ever for students to band together to support one another and to create systems that support recovery.
Reach out to other student groups and individuals on campus who are promoting or interested in recovery. Discuss the specific needs of the students on your campus and coordinate and share information and resources. Let your college or university know that, as you invest so heavily in your institution, you expect your institution to invest in you with supports to keep you in school.
Together, students, alumni and advocates from both the mental health and addiction communities have a stronger voice. Together we must work to demand more supports and to support more students in living their best lives.
Kelly Davis is a person in recovery and recent graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. She currently works in policy and programs at Mental Health America in Alexandria, VA. She is passionate about working with college students to promote inclusive recovery and peer-support on campuses around the country. Please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.