Wellness and Recovery Walk Set for October 15

MHANJ, NACDD and Monarch to Partner in Wellness and Recovery Walk

On Saturday, October 15, 2016, the 9th annual Walk/Run for Wellness and Recovery will take place in Nomahegan Park in Cranford.

The event will benefit the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) and Monarch Housing Associate is proud to once again partner with MHANJ in this event.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) New Jersey is also a partner.

Everyone is welcome to join the event. The severe weather date for the event is Saturday, October 30.

Registration and sponsorship information and more details to follow.

Last year more than 300 people participated in the Walk/Run for Wellness and Recovery on Saturday November 7th.

“Today, we unite in a shared goal – to fight against the negative perceptions of mental illness and addiction, working toward increasing acceptance,”  said Carolyn Beauchamp, President and CEO of MHANJ at last year’s walk.

“Helping those with mental illness is a goal shared by Monarch Housing Associates, which builds housing for homeless people with disabilities so they can ‘live independently.’ There’s plenty of overlap between homelessness and mental illness. NJ Counts 2015 found that more than two in five homeless people reported having a disability, including mental health issues and substance abuse disorders,” said Richard Brown, the organization’s CEO at last year’s walk.

That overlap, said Brown, is why Monarch Housing Associates and MHANJ are continuing to work together on this year’s Walk/Run.

“Now’s the time to be aware of the pressing needs for people with mental illness and people who are homeless. We’re really trying to raise awareness that we can do more to help those with the greatest need — not dissimilar from what the Pope was talking about, last month — and bring those issues to the table, where they’ve been put aside or overlooked. The unfortunate piece is the demand is always greater than the number of units that are available. Most of the developments we do, the numbers are anywhere from five to 10 people for every available unit, so we continue to need to build more, and use that as an opportunity to help people live independently.”

Said Richard Brown.

We will provide regular updates on the Walk/Run for Wellness and Recovery.

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