“Something Beautiful” was absolutely on the horizon as Board Members, supporters, and friends of MHA gathered for the first time in 3 years to celebrate our passion for mental wellness and our commitment to collaboration in serving those in need within our community. In addition to enjoying stunning views of the Navesink and our fabulous gift auction, guests joined us in honoring two outstanding community partners – Senator Vin Gopal along with Amanda’s Easel and 2nd Floor Youth Helpline, both programs of 180 Turning Lives Around.
Senator Vin Gopal received MHA’s Humanitarian Award for his outstanding leadership and advocacy on behalf of all those who experience mental health concerns throughout the state. “We need to continue to break the stigma,” asserted Senator Gopal. “I made my vote with the Governor and the Senate President last year – I said I would only vote for a budget that increased our early intervention services as well as our first-time School Link service. What that does is create mental health programs in our school districts, and now we’re looking to expand that over the next four years to all of our school districts.”
Anna Diaz-White, Executive Director of 180 Turning Lives Around, was presented with the Child Advocacy Award for both Amanda’s Easel and 2nd Floor Youth Helpline. “We provide hope and healing for children and youth throughout the state,” said Diaz-White. In describing their Amanda’s Easel art therapy program, “Children whose needs were not met, children who witnessed or were involved in incidents of domestic violence found a special place at Amanda’s Easel,” reflected Diaz-White. “I thank the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County for their work in the community each and every day… From helping to prevent homelessness to addressing mental health concerns, we are so grateful to be able to collaborate with the Mental Health Association in service to our community.”
Thank you to all our sponsors, advertisers, donors, and guests for their support in making the 2022 Annual Dinner one of our most successful yet. Through your generosity, MHA will continue to provide free social service programs such as outpatient counseling, homeless services, case management, and ongoing training/support of school staff.