More than 300 people participated in the Fight Stigma Walk on November 7. The event was co-sponsored by the Mental Health Association in NJ (MHANJ) and Monarch Housing Associates.
The goal of the event was to fight against the negative perceptions of mental illness and addiction.
Monarch Housing Associate’s Jay Everett shared why he walked to Fight Stigma on November 7. Says Everett,
“Everyone is worthy and valuable and they should get the help they need to live a fulfilling life.”
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.
Bob Kley, Chair of Monarch’s board, thanked our generous sponsors for supporting the event.
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