Celebrating Wellness and Mental Health Provider Fair

mental Illness2TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library in partnership with the Mental Health Awareness Committee of Ocean County and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), will host “Celebrating Wellness” an awards ceremony and a “Mental Health Provider Fair” from 4:30 to   7 p.m. Wednesday May 6.

The fair will be held at the Toms River Library branch, 101 Washington St. Toms River. It will feature knowledgeable mental health representatives, literature, brochures and services that support Ocean County’s adults and children who are suffering with mental illness.

The provider fair will feature more than 20 vendors who will offer information about the services they provide the mental health community.

“This is a real opportunity to reach out to the community and give the resources they need to deal with mental illness. Mental illness is a dysfunction of the brain. It can be temporary or permanent, it can happen to anyone, and the good news is that it can be treated,’’ said Mike Jones, NAMI Ocean County President.

“Celebrating Wellness” will begin at 5:30 p.m. The ceremony will honor individuals who worked to change the stigma of mental illness in their community. In addition, students will be honored for artwork that expresses what a difference a friend makes and for their essays on mental illness.

“This evening is about recognizing people who have gone over and beyond to support our cause,’’ said Colleen Woods, chairperson for the Mental Health Awareness Committee of Ocean County.

The programs are free and open to the public with no registration required.  For more information about the event go to the library website www.theoceancountylibrary.org, or Mental Health Awareness Committee of Ocean County visit http://www.stigmahurts.org

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