None of Us is In This Alone
Fight Stigma and Increase Awareness Oct. 3rd

Lessons on the Anniversary of Robin William’s DeathLessons are often times learned through experience. One year after Robin Williams’ death, there continues to be the need to change the way we address mental health issues.

Dese’Rae L. Stage, a suicide awareness advocate recently wrote a compelling Huffington Post blog post, “Robin Williams, One Year Later: What Will Your Verse Be?” Stage writes,

“we each have a responsibility to help keep one another alive. None of us is alone in this. It takes a village.”

“Robin Williams was a kind man, noted for his good deeds and the joy he brought to so many of our lives. I think he would want us to grow from this loss, to take what we’ve learned, and to share it with our village.”

She continues about Williams character John Keating in the film Dead Poets Society, his character quoted from Walt Whitman, “That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

Writes Stage.

Monarch Housing is working to Fight Stigma and Increase Awareness around mental illness through its partnership in the Mental Health Association of New Jersey’s (MHANJ) October 3 Walk and Run event.

Fighting stigma and raising awareness around mental illness and substance use disorders directly links to Monarch’s work to create homes for the homeless.

NJ Counts 2015 found that 42% of homeless persons reported having some type of disability. The most common disabilities included mental health issues and substance abuse disorders. Among disabled adults, 56% reported mental health issues making it the most prevalent disability.

Click here to read the Huffington Post blog post.

Click here to learn more about how to help Monarch Fight Stigma for Awareness on Oct 3.

Click here for more information on NJCounts.

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