In recognition of Mental Health Month, the João José ‘John’ Santos Charitable Organization, whose mission is to educate families and communities on their quest to understanding mental illness in order to prevent further suicides, held their annual Ribbon Awareness Educational Project during the month of May in eight communities throughout Central Jersey -- 740 red ribbons with the words: 'talk about mental illness' written were affixed to the trees of these municipalities’ to increase public awareness for mental disorders for those who walk, run, bicycle or drive these Towns during the month of May. A special thank you to Scott's Florist, Flower Gallery, America's Florist, Santos Florist, International Florist, Flemington Floral Company, Fresh and Pretty Florist for donating the ribbon and to the wonderful volunteers for their hard work in helping to make these awareness bows.
Mental disorders and suicides happen in everyone’s communities, and the stigma associated with this will diminish only through educating societies. Awareness and education is key in replacing the powerless six-letter word ‘stigma’ with the powerful nine-letter word ‘EDUCATION’, so that families can begin discussing these illnesses in the same they talk about other health issues starting TODAY! Special gratitude to the wonderful volunteers for helping to tie the ribbons to the trees in Raritan, Somerville, Manville, Bound Brook, Flemington.
Suicide prevention/mental illness workshops were held to bring awareness and education to our nation's health crisis! Suicide is a cry for help and it's preventable. There is only one solution... PREVENT IT from happening by learning the signs and symptoms and get professional help. Special thanks to Msrg. Corona, Fa. Luciano, Rev. Oberle, Str. Elis & the inspirational keynote speakers.
Our suicide prevention/mental illness educational workshop was held at the Barringer High School in collaboration with the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. A special thank you to Sister Josephina for giving us this great opportunity to educate over 100 parish families, and to our guest speakers: Carleen Vieira, Eugenia Marques, Amanda Aymar
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