Sussex County's Mental Health Advisory Board, along with the Sussex County Freeholders and the Department of Human Services will kick off May's National Mental Health Awareness Month with a Mental Health Fair - Sussex County style!
The sponsors of the Mental Health Fair hope to educate the public on the many mental health service agencies and organizations available to Sussex County individuals dealing with mental health issues and the friends and families who care for them.
The Fair will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Sussex County Community College, Bldg. D, in the Theatre and Galleria.
Visitors will enjoy a free Continental Breakfast during registration, which starts at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m. motivational speaker, Eric Arauz will give a talk on Wellness and Recovery with a question and answer period following at 11 a.m. Participants will delight in the live inspirational music performed, intermittently, by Precious Gems and singer, Donna Marie Chirco.
The local mental health providers in attendance will have information and brochures readily available, and they will be on hand to speak with attendees, as well. Mental health organizations participating in this event include: St. Clare's Intensive Family Support Services, A Way to Freedom, Newton Memorial Hospital's Center for Mental Health, Capitol Care, Advance Housing, Family Intervention Services, the National Alliance on Mental Illness – NAMI Sussex affiliate, Center for Prevention & Counseling, Partnership for Social Services and the Family Support Organization of Morris/Sussex.
For more information on the Mental Health Fair, contact Cindy Armstrong at 973-948-6000, ext. 225.
Three branches of the Sussex County Library will have children's programs on May 6th in honor of Mental Health Month. Program details are listed below:
Franklin Branch, 103 Main Street, Franklin, (973-827-6555), at 10 a.m., Pre-School Reading: "It's Great to be Me."
Main Branch, 125 Morris Turnpike, Newton, (973-948-3660), at 1:30 p.m., Pre-School Reading: "It's Great to be Me."
Sussex -Wantage Branch, 69 Route 639, Wantage, (973-875-3940), at 4 p.m., K-3 Reading: "I Like Me."