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November 21, 2008
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Health Minister Acknowledges Addiction Awareness Week
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Staff from Community Mental Health and Addiction Services across the province gathered in Mount Herbert to pay tribute to Islanders who are in recovery from substance abuse or addiction or who have passed away due to the disease of addiction.
At the event, Minister Currie launched “Serenity Trail,” a new walking trail on the property of the treatment facility. The trail is dedicated to the many Islanders whose lives are affected by addiction.
“Islanders experiencing challenges with substance abuse or one of the many forms of addiction are often faced with numerous other challenges such as depression, marital problems, employment issues, poverty or other conditions,” said Health Minister Doug Currie. “It is important that we continue to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health and addiction so people will feel comfortable seeking help when needed.”
“Too often we hear stories of people suffering silently and alone,” said Margaret Kennedy, Manager of Community Mental Health and Addictions at the Department of Health. “It is important to address these challenges before they escalate into a potentially life threatening situation.”
Addiction Service sites are located in Alberton, Summerside, Mount Herbert, Montague and Souris.