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Bringing back hope: March 10 is Tennessee's official Day of Hope

Governor Bill Lee declared March 10 the state's Day of Hope to support thousands of Tennesseans as they struggle against substance abuse and mental illness.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tuesday, March 10 is Tennessee's Day of Hope and it is meant to help people find a sense of hope. It's meant to give people the motivation to overcome whatever hurdles they may face.

Governor Bill Lee officially signed the proclamation on Feb. 24 as a way to acknowledge the struggles thousands of Tennesseans face against substance abuse and mental illness.

Groups are holding events across the state for the Day of Hope, including one at Wears Valley Ranch in Sevierville. It starts at 6 p.m. and will feature a panel with faith leaders and recovery professionals. The event ends at 8 p.m., but the day will continue online.

Tennessee leaders are also encouraging people to post on social media with the hashtag, "#DayOfHopeTN." People can share their recovery journies, tips that helped them and try to inspire others through the hashtag.

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Overdose deaths are a significant issue in Tennessee, prompting cities and counties across the state to organize efforts to stop the crisis. There are resources available online and throughout Tennessee for anyone who wants help along their recovery journies.

Recovering from addiction and improving behavioral health takes more than one day. Tennessee's Day of Hope is meant to highlight the time people spent overcoming their personal obstacles and encourage them to continue on, even after Tennessee's Day of Hope is over.

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