Real Life, Real Hope Moments Share Personal Stories of Recovery and Health

July 29, 2016

Recovery from mental illness, trauma and addiction is possible, thanks to effective treatments and personalized support.

That's the message  CHR and WNPR are promoting through Real Life, Real Hope Moments, a series of six vignettes that tell the stories of Connecticut men and women who are finding their path and pursuing better health. Stories range from a young woman who is starting a new life after losing her home, her job and her children to alcoholism, to man who is engaged in life again after depression literally shut the door on everything in his life.

Here is a link to the stories that will air over the next few months on WNPR's Morning Edition: www.wnpr.org/rlrh.

"We are proud to be part of this inspiring project with WNPR and are especially proud of our clients for sharing their stories.  No doubt, their heartfelt words will help to raise awareness that recovery from mental health challenges, addictions and trauma can be reached," said Heather Gates, President and CEO of CHR, noting that one in four Americans will experience at least one mental health challenge in their lifetime.

Jerry Franklin, President and CEO of Connecticut Public Broadcasting added, "We are so proud to be part of the important work that CHR is leading. As Connecticut's public media resource, we have a unique and powerful opportunity to tell these stories of renewal, in the hope of informing our listeners and inspiring positive change in our communities."

About CHR: CHR helps adults, children and families find real hope for the challenges of real life through an array of community-based mental health, substance use, child welfare, supported housing, foster care, and prevention and wellness services. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary year, CHR is Connecticut's most comprehensive non-profit behavioral healthcare agency, serving more than 20,000 individuals each year with locations throughout eastern and central Connecticut. Learn more at www.chrhealth.org.

About WNPR:  The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) is home to CPTV, WNPR and the Learning Lab. CPTV is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs and educational programming. WNPR is an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. The Learning Lab  serves high school seniors through a partnership with Hartford Public Schools and the Journalism and Media Academy Magnet School. It is also home to the Institute for Advanced Media, a program that provides the men and women of our armed forces and adult learners an opportunity to learn skills necessary for the 21st century digital media workplace. For more information, visit cpbn.org.

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