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BREAKDOWN: Investigating San Diego County’s Mental Health Care Crisis

August 19, 2021

In 2019, NBC 7 began investigating how and why the mental health care system in San Diego County was failing people. The investigation started when we learned that librarians at the Central Library in downtown San Diego were doing way more work related to the mental health care of their patrons than anything related to books.…

Recovery International: Taming her Anxiety

July 28, 2021

  After taming her anxiety. she helps others help themselves.

Spot on Teen Program

July 28, 2021

Like adults, teens face daily frustrations that can cause anxiety, anger, and depression.  

Better Mental Health at Work

July 28, 2021

A new online program has been introduced to help people improve workplace attitudes and collaboration. The program, title “Spot It”

Archives Donation to University of Illinois at Chicago Dr. Abraham Low Special Collection

July 28, 2021

Eighty years ago, the state-of-the-art treatment for mental illness was electric shock treatment.  Cold water immersion, insulin shock and lobotomies were other remedies for those with recurrent “nervous” disorders.  The stigma of mental illness was compounded in states like Illinois, where one received a court record when released from a state hospital. In 1937 Dr. Abraham…


July 28, 2021

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, DillonMarcus is launching a ground-breaking online program to help employees improve workplace attitudes and collaboration. The program, titled “Spot-It™: Breaking Free From Stress, Worry, and Anxiety”, teaches a time-tested self-help system used by Recovery International (RI), a non-profit dedicated to helping people achieve better mental health. The Spot-It™ program…

Better. Mental. Health. Nature Journal

July 28, 2021

A new joint project of The Conservation Foundation and Recovery International combines cognitive-behavioral mental health tools with images of nature from northern Illinois parks. Find relief during these stressful times with a walk in the woods, thoughtful and calming tools, and journaling or doodling! Released in time for May, Mental Health Awareness Month, the 88-page journal…

New Anti-Stress Program Serves Youth

November 20, 2020

New Anti-Stress Program Serves Youth Power Your Mind: Tools to Build Resilience, a new workbook that uses graphic novel panels to illustrate stressful situations and healthy ways of coping, has been released by Recovery International (RI) to help children, teens, and emerging adults deal with feelings of anxiety, anger, or depression. “Being a teenager can be…

Harmony Quotes

September 2, 2020

Harmony Women’s Recovery Program, San Diego (December, 2016) Harmony serves single and parenting women who have substance use disorders. I’m grateful to Recovery International for: It has helped me with my anger by not wanting to explode. Spotting helps me calm down. I like how RI’s main focus is on mental health! I love the 4…

80th Year Celebration

September 2, 2020

Recovery International Celebrates 80th Year   Recovery International—the “granddaddy” of non-profit mental health self-help groups—is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a year-long series of local, regional and national activities. Often imitated, we are the original. Initially founded as The Association of Former Mental Patients and Their Relatives in 1937, it soon changed its name to Recovery,…