Health Fair and Education Forum

communityhopeCommunity Hope, in partnership with the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Morris County, will host the Annual Mental Health Learning and Wellness Fair on Thursday, May 16 beginning from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue.

The one-day health fair and educational forum is an educational event geared toward promoting wellness and recovery for health care professionals; individuals with mental illness; their family members and caregivers.  The Forum is also open to the public and is offered as a free public service of Community Hope and the MHA of Morris County.

The theme of this year’s event is “Putting the Pieces Together:   Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit” with the keynote address delivered by Eric Arauz, President of Arauz Inspirational Enterprises.  Arauz is an inspirational speaker specializing in such topics as trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder; suicide assessment and prevention; child abuse issues; veterans issues and addiction and mental health issues.

Following the key note address, the Expo Resource Hall will open and 40+ vendors will be displaying services pertaining to wellness and recovery.  Interactive workshops led by professionals will be offered throughout the day emphasizing the Eight Dimensions of Wellness.  Workshop topics include healthy telationships; Feng Shui; creative arts; STD prevention; a peer recovery panel; sound healing; tobacco awareness and identity fraud and scam prevention.

Interested healthcare vendors and participants can visit the events page of Community Hope’s website at www.communityhope-nj.org or contact Terry Carlson, Community Hope RN, at (973) 463-9600, extension 318, or Tracy Cappiecille at the MHA at (973) 334-3496, extension 112.

Last year, the Health and Wellness Fair drew more than 250 attendees and hosted 40 exhibitors.

Community Hope provides a continuum of housing with support services to more than 335  individuals in recovery from mental illness and substance abuse.  Community Hope is also the largest charity in New Jersey serving homeless veterans and veteran families. The agency will provide housing, services and case management to more than 500 individuals and veteran families this year.

The Mental Health Association of Morris County is a non-profit, charity organization dedicated to serving people with mental illness and their families. Incorporated in 1953, the Mental Health Association of Morris County (MHAMC) is a local chapter of the New Jersey Division of the National Mental Health Association, today known as Mental Health America.

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