Ocean County Library—Toms River Branch, Mancini Hall
101 Washington Street, Toms River
Join in an evening to proclaim May as Mental Health Awareness Month! This special program is dedicated to highlighting the many activities our community has cultivated in an effort to reduce stigma, increase awareness surrounding mental illness, and celebrate wellness and recovery. The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders will present a proclamation, followed by an awards ceremony for the “You Make a Difference” community advocate honorees, authors in the “The Voice” Youth Essay & Poetry Contest, and the 5th grade winners of the Calendar Art Contest. Light refreshments served.
Thank you to NAMI for providing the following article!
Gaining Support and Fighting Stigma through Music
By Maggie Smith, NAMI Information Assistant
You can hear the notes drifting through the air, the sound rising and falling as the musicians play their instruments, following the rise and fall of the conductorís hands. It seems as effortless and natural as the rise and fall of your chest as you breathe in and out. Itís hard to believe that the music you are hearing is the result of nearly 30 individuals, ranging from age 8 to older than 70, playing about a dozen different instruments at the same time. And for some, it might be harder to believe that these individualsí lives are all impacted in some way by mental illness. In fact, the members of this orchestra live with illnesses including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia and addiction.
Supporting Change! Article introduction by Brianna Palmer
On July 12th an article was posted on the Asbury Park Press website regarding mental illness and stigma. The article explains in detail the never ending cycle of stigma and how it prevents many people with mental illnesses from seeking treatment. Celina Gray, Director of the Governorís Council on Mental Health Stigma talked about the different aspects of mental health and stigma in an informal talk given on June 18th. She stressed the importance of realizing that a mental illness is no different than any other illness, such as cancer, and that the world needs to stop treating it as different. She also talked about how stress on children, such as bullying in high school, was having a powerful impact on their mental health. The article stresses the importance of ruling your mental health and seeking treatment no matter what. The ultimate goal of the future is to raise awareness and decrease stigma all together. This article is an important one in relation to the mental health community and reflects the goal we ourselves have. To read the full article, click here.
The Common Thread by Tara Forney-Apgar
What do Albert Einstein, Babe Ruth, Bill Cosby and Will Smith have in common? Aside from being famous and achieving great success, they all share something else.Each one of these famous Americanís, along with many other notable people, are known to have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).Itís not uncommon to categorize people or identify them by their disorders or conditions.Yet, like everyone else, people with ADD or ADHD have many, many great qualities outside of their diagnosis. Read more here.
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