May 11, 2022
The Monmouth County Mental Health Association will host an annual dinner
The Monmouth County Mental Health Association will host its annual dinner on Thursday, June 2 at Oyster Point in Red Bank. Overlooking the beautiful Navesink River, guests can enjoy sumptuous dishes including steak, salmon, chicken and pasta stations, as well as delicious desserts and a giveaway auction.
In addition to finally celebrating unity, MHA will honor two outstanding community partners. Senator Vin Gopal will receive the MHA Humanitarian Award for his leadership and advocacy on behalf of all those with mental health issues statewide. Senator Gopal recently sponsored the bill that ensures telehealth continues to be covered by insurance and Medicaid. He also introduced legislation proposing to delay high school start times across the state to reduce the risk of teen anxiety and depression.
“I’m honored to receive this award, but even more so, I’m grateful for the incredible work that the Monmouth County Mental Health Association – and all of the state’s mental health advocacy groups – have done. on behalf of our community and our state,” Senator Gopal said. mentioned. “My work in the legislature has benefited from and built on the expertise and dedication of mental health professionals in New Jersey who are committed to bringing about positive change in the state.”
MHA will present its Child Advocacy Award to Amanda’s Easel and the 2nd Floor Youth Helpline, two programs of 180 Turning Lives Around. MHA’s Family Crisis Response Unit and Child Protection Case Management Programs frequently refer children who have experienced trauma and abuse to Amanda’s Easel, where they participate in arts activities , playful, theatrical and music therapy under the guidance of master’s level clinicians. Echoing MHA’s extensive suicide prevention work, the 2nd Floor Youth Helpline offers confidential 24-hour support, counseling, and reassurance while directing callers to community resources.
“180’s programs are deeply rooted in empowerment and compassion – attributes that are also very important to the Mental Health Association,” noted Anna Diaz-White, Executive Director of 180 Turning Lives Around. “180 is honored to be recognized for their work with our Amanda’s Easel Program and 2nd Floor Youth Helpline Program which emulates empowerment, compassion and aims to build emotional resilience in children, teens and young adults throughout Monmouth County and beyond. We sincerely thank the Mental Health Association for recognizing our work in the community and helping us raise awareness of our programs, services and mission.
For more information and to purchase dinner tickets, visit MentalHealthMonmouth.org. Proceeds will help support free social service programs provided by Monmouth County MHA, such as outpatient counseling, homeless services, case management, and ongoing training/support for school staff.