Hundreds of people from the community gathered outside Ottawa City Hall to celebrate the many paths on the journey to wellness at Recovery Day Ottawa 2021 on Sept. 17. [Photo © Krystin Ptaszkiewicz]

Hundreds of supporters came together recently to celebrate, offer support and raise awareness about wellbeing in the community at this year’s Recovery Day Ottawa.

More than 70 community partners gathered at Ottawa City Hall on Sept. 17 with the united purpose of reducing and eliminating stigma and discrimination against people experiencing mental health issues, including people who use substances or have a substance use disorder.

In 2019, 1,516 people died from opioid overdoses in Ontario and that number has rapidly risen in 2020, according to Public Health Ontario.

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