MANASQUAN — Mayor Ed Donovan has proclaimed September as National Recovery Month, an annual occurrence that raises awareness for mental and substance use disorders and celebrates those in recovery.

In issuing the proclamation Monday night, the mayor invited Manasquan residents to participate in National Recovery Month in honor of the millions of people across the country who are affected by mental and substance use disorders.

“Preventing and overcoming mental and substance abuse disorders is essential to achieving healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally,” Mayor Donovan said.

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“We encourage relatives and friends of people with mental and substance use disorders to implement preventative measures, recognize the signs of a problem and guide those in need to appropriate treatment and recovery support services,” the mayor said.

Nicole Federici, co-founder of Recovery Advocates for the Shore [RAFTS], thanked the mayor and council for the borough’s continued support of the organization, as well as the recognition of National Recovery Month.

“These proclamations allow our organization to highlight and applaud those who are in recovery. Their lives and stories serve as a beacon of hope to families and individuals who are still suffering with substance use disorders,” Ms. Federici said.

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