A guest post from Scottish Recover Network with some big news about Recovery Walk Scotland 2018.
For the first time in Scotland, the addiction recovery movement and the mental health recovery movement will hold a joint Recovery Walk and Festival on Saturday the 15th September 2018 in Glasgow.
Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey – rapper, social commentator and winner of the 2018 Orwell Prize for Books for ‘Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain’s Underclass’ – has been confirmed to speak at Scotland’s largest recovery event.
Also speaking, on behalf of the First Minister, is Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport Jeane Freeman while Depute Lord Provost Bailie Philip Braat will officially welcome the walk to Glasgow and launch the confetti cannon that sets the annual procession going.The event will include a Roses in the Clyde memorial service for those who have lost loved ones to addiction or mental distress followed by a joyful procession through the city and a celebratory festival to show that recovery is possible and happening!
Last year 2,000 people took part in Recovery Walk Scotland in Dundee. Recovery walks happen all over the globe during September which is International Recovery Month. Scotland is unique among them in its ability to involve prisoners. Last year 12 out of 15 of Scotland’s prisons held a recovery walk the day before the national walk with a total of 550 prisoners and staff in attendance.
Thousands of people from across the country will gather in Glasgow, as they make common cause to celebrate recovery and challenge the stigma that stops people from seeking help for mental health and substance use problems. Recovery Walk Scotland is an opportunity for everyone to feel and see the benefits that recovery brings to Scotland.
Kuladharini, Chief Executive of the Scottish Recovery Consortium said:
“What unites the addiction and mental health recovery movements is much greater than any details that may divide us. It has long been evident to us in the addiction recovery movement that we are on the same journey as our brothers and sisters in recovery from mental distress. Our collective distress expressed in mental distress, addiction, obesity, smoking and violence have many of the same roots. It’s time we make common cause – Recovery Walk Scotland is a perfect vehicle for us to know and love each other better.”
Registration is now open at www.scottishrecoveryconsortium.org where you will also find more information about the event. We hope to see you there!