About the Messengers of Hope Virtual Walk:

The Federation of Families of South Carolina (FFSC) will hold its First-Ever Statewide Virtual Walk in recognition of National Recovery Month.

The Virtual Walk theme will reflect “Messengers of Hope.” Become a Messenger of Hope by joining FFSC on Saturday, September 19, 2020 through Saturday, September 26, 2020. Participants can choose any date and time that is convenient for their schedule.

You can register to walk for free, but we are accepting donations on the Walkers’ Page which you will have access to after completing the order for your walk registration. All proceeds will be donated to the Federation of Families of SC’s children, youth and parent/caregiver programs and initiatives. Learn more about our services and trainings offered.

What is a Messenger of Hope?

For 20 years, FFSC has been a voice for children’s mental health in South Carolina, dedicated to shining a light on the importance of services and supports for children and youth experiencing mental health, emotional and behavioral challenges and their families that are accessible, effective and driven by the needs and lived experiences of the family.

We believe that every individual can be a Messenger of Hope for Children’s Mental Health by being informed of the facts to combat prejudice, promote recovery and normalize the conversation around mental health needs. FFSC Parent and Youth Peer Support staff and volunteers use our lived experiences to support others as they navigate services for their children and to support youth and young adults on their recovery journey.  


About National Recovery Month:

National Recovery Month is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It is held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. This observance celebrates the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance use disorders, reminding us that treatment is effective, and that people can and do recover. It also serves to help reduce the stigma and misconceptions that cloud public understanding of mental and substance use disorders, potentially discouraging others from seeking help. Recovery Month also highlights the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible.

Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.

FFSC encourages you to tell us your story on why you want to become a Messenger of Hope Walker! (#iWalk in honor of) Submit your photo and your story to quinton@fedfamsc.org and your personal promotional banner will be featured on our website, newsletter and social media platforms.