Last year more than 250 people participated in the Walk for Wellness and Recovery on Saturday, September 15, 2017.
“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 year — 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.
Orlando works for the Mental Health Association in New Jersey. Last year, he was proud to participate in the Walk for Wellness and Recovery. He enjoys his job which involves working with clients, making services referrals for them and providing support. Orlando has struggled with a mood disorder for quite a few years and has taken medication for about ten years. He has rented his own apartment for the past 5 years.
Having his own apartment, taking his medication and living in recovery has given him stability, the ability to go to work every day and take care of himself. Says Orlando about his work, “It is important to give support to people with mental illness so that they know that there is hope.”
Susan (pseudonym) is glad that her family is on track. Over the past several years, her family has coped with her son’s mental illness, multiple attempts at suicide and the effects of his struggles on the rest of the family. It has not been easy. She is grateful for the support and guidance she received through the Mental Health Association in New Jersey Intensive Family Support Services. “They gave me my life back,” Susan said.
We will provide regular updates on the Walk for Wellness and Recovery.