Ice cream will be just a part of a social event aimed at welcoming back Sampson Community College students while offering awareness of substance abuse and the local resources available to those who need them.
Courtney Boyette, community relations specialist for Eastpointe Managed Care Organization, said the Sampson County Methamphetamine Task Force sponsors the Ice Cream Social for Recovery Month with Sampson Community College.
The social will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 12-2 p.m., in the college’s Student Center.
“We do an Ice Cream Social each September to celebrate ‘Recovery Month.’ Recovery can be from substance abuse, Mental Health Disorder or both as many individuals we work with have a dual diagnosis, (such as) depression and addiction,” said Boyette, who is organizing the event. “It is a fun event to show that being clean and sober can be cool. The goal is to reduce the stigma of seeking treatment and get information into the community to begin conversation about these issues.”
Boyette said the event is a great way to officially welcome students and staff back to SCC for the fall semester and share local resources from agencies and organization.
The Meth Task Force works with the college’s Counseling Department, notably Sharon Leggett, to put on the social. Other local stakeholders, including mental health providers, Department of Social Services and Health Department, also participate.
As part of the event, the college’s students and staff are provided with ice cream along with Substance Abuse/Mental Health Education and Prevention materials and brochures explaining how to access professional treatment in the community. Of the many resources available, students are told about the crisis walk-in clinic at CommWell Health in Clinton, as well as the Easter Seals Mobile Crisis Team.
“The goal is to celebrate recovery and provide education and outreach materials on substance abuse and mental health,” she said.
Boyette said flyers will be distributed in the coming weeks and the annual event is always open to suggestions, ideas and feedback. The response was positive last year. Boyette is hoping for the same next month.
“We provided ice cream to several hundred students last year and it was a great success and a lot of fun,” she attested. “We were able to identify some ‘at-risk’ students who needed to be directed to treatment in the community.”
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