For Immediate Release:
Shrewsbury, NJ…The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHA) continues to expand its services for the families of veterans and active duty service members. MHA, the NJ Survivors Outreach Services, and ASA Dix are offering an empowering support group “Wellness and Strength in Difficult Times.” This event will take place on Sunday, June 22nd from 11:30am – 2:00pm at the American Legion Hall, 21 Gully Road, Neptune, NJ 07753. Survivors, veterans, and community members who have been touched by military suicide are encouraged to attend to gain support, resources, and self-care tips.
Facilitating this very important event are the following active members of the community:
Thomas Morgan, Psy. D- Private practice psychologist and speaker/presenter who specializes in veterans’ and their families’ needs
Charles Wuth, LCSW at the Lakewood Veterans Center and Vietnam Veteran
Peggy Farrell – Chair of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention- Central Jersey Chapter
Bonnie Lyons – Board member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Central Jersey Chapter
Pamela Schott, LCSW, CPM, DRCC- MHA Director of Juvenile Justice Programs
In addition to this upcoming event, MHA has in place a number of free programs that can be utilized by returning soldiers’ and veterans’ family members. This past year, MHA expanded the promotion and outreach for these services and asked Pamela Schott to coordinate these efforts. Ms. Schott was formerly the Director of the FFSC at Naval Station Lakehurst and Family Advocacy at Naval Station Earle. Under her supervision, MHA has created two free family support groups have been formed to help veterans’ families; the Sanctuary and Safe Place programs. Each support group takes place on a monthly basis. The Safe Place program offers support to family and friends who have lost an active duty member or veteran to casualties of war or suicide. The Sanctuary program offers support for family and friends of active duty members or veterans experiencing emotional difficulties. “We hope that through presentations at VFWs, support groups, and events like ‘Wellness and Strength in Difficult Times,’ the word will be spread to all military personnel, veterans and their families, that MHA is here to help,” said Wendy DePedro, MHA Executive Director.
For more information about the “Wellness and Strength in Difficult Times” event or MHA’s Safe Place or Sanctuary support groups, or general questions on mental please visit www.mentalhealthmonmouth.org or call 732-542-6422.
About The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHA):
MHA has been providing advocacy and services to families in Monmouth County for over 64 years. The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County is dedicated to the promotion of mental health, the prevention of mental illness, and the improved care and treatment of persons affected by mental illness. MHA strives to accomplish this mission through the creation and implementation of innovative programs, education, advocacy, and community partnerships.