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May 2015

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Focus on Recovery

The care and treatment of mental illness has recently shifted from a focus on stabilizing a person’s symptoms to empowering individuals to achieve recovery. While recovery means different things for different people, there is a realization that true recovery from mental illness is attainable. (The Kim Foundation)

Mental health recovery is a journey of healing and transformation enabling a person with a mental health problem to live a meaningful life in a community of his or her choice while striving to achieve his or her full potential. (The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

In this Issue
  • Focus on recovery
  • Kevin Shea's story
  • WJCS recovery programs
WJCS is the largest provider of outpatient mental health services in Westchester. Treatment and other services are offered through four New York State licensed mental health clinics, eight satellite and school based clinics, and a mobile clinic.  Learn more.
An Artist in Recovery Donates Paintings to WJCS
Pictured below: Kevin Shea and Jeff Apotheker
Anyone who comes to WJCS headquarters will see the work of Kevin Shea, but they won’t know the story behind it. He is an artist and many of his paintings grace the agency’s hallways. He recently presented another selection to Alan Trager, WJCS CEO, and to Jeff Apotheker, compliance officer and director of quality improvement.
Kevin is also a story of recovery. He’s had mental illness for many years and been helped on his path to recovery by membership in the WJCS-led Favonian Social Club in Peekskill.  The club helps members develop friendships and reduce loneliness, and provides access to
recreational resources. Kevin also has taught painting and is a member of the Hudson Valley Art Association. “Painting gives me time to do beautiful work,” Kevin says. “It has been essential to my recovery and well-being from the time I was in high school. I can concentrate all my efforts on it and it takes me to places where nothing else can, where my imagination is free.”
WJCS Peer-led Wellness Groups celebrate the strengths of individual members and support them on the journey to recovery. 

WJCS Social Clubs offer opportunities for adults recovering from mental illness  to develop friendships, reduce loneliness and access recreational resources in the community.
The WJCS COMPEER program matches volunteers in one-to-one relationships with adults recovering from mental illness and children with serious emotional problems.
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