May Is National Mental Health Awareness Month

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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.

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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.

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