WARREN COUNTY, NJ – The Warren County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed May 2023 as “Mental Health Month”, urging all Warren County residents to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness and improve the lives of those affected by it.
“It is important we recognize those who are struggling in our community and get beyond the stigma surrounding mental health,” Commissioner Jason J. Sarnoski said.
While accepting the proclamation, Aaron Hyndman, who chairs the county Mental Health Board, said, “I have to thank all the corrections officers and our first responders, during the COVID-19 pandemic there was so little anyone could do to help and consequences of deteriorating mental health was often times pushed on them.”
“I also want to thank the commissioners, the work you all have done has meant the world and I feel like now we’re really getting down to business,” Hyndman said.
Everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health; in New Jersey, 42 percent of adults have a mental health condition affecting families, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and classmates.
“As leaders in our community, we need to ensure that both adults and our children are comfortable enough to talk about what might be wrong and get help,” Commissioner James R. Kern III said.
“Mental health is just as important as any other kind of health,” Commissioner Director Lori Ciesla said. “Warren County is committed to raising awareness of prevention and treatment while supporting community-based programs.”
Ciesla said the County will be hosting a Health and Wellness Field Day on Friday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m., to be held at Hackettstown High School.
“The event will include free food, fun games, and coping skill activities that I highly encourage anyone who can attend to come to,” Ciesla said.