Wharton Carnival Features Games, Rides, Food, Music

JUNE 7-10 Event Funds Drug and Alcohol Awareness Programs

Wharton Carnival flyerWharton’s 4th annual carnival sponsored by the town’s Municipal Alliance and Fraternal Order of Police promises four fun days of live entertainment, music, dancing, rides, games and a classic car show from Thursday, June 7 to Sunday, June 10 at McKinnon Middle School.

Each day has a theme along with special events and food. Money raised during the four days supports programs to fight the use of drugs and alcohol, including guest speakers for students and parents, and the LEAD program: Law Enforcement Against Drugs.

Admission is $2 and includes a free slice of pizza. Children under 3 are admitted free. Ride wristbands are $25 per evening; individual tickets are also available. The school is located at 137 E Central Ave in Wharton. Free parking is available at the Lafayette Street lot.

Hours and themes are:

  • Thursday, June 7, 4-9 p.m. – Country Western music night with a live band, country line dancing with instructors and pulled pork sliders
  • Friday, June 8, 4-10:30 p.m. – Latin music night with a DJ, professional dancers, salsa lessons and empanadas
  • Saturday, June 9, 2-10:30 p.m. – Rock ‘n Roll with classic and antique car show, tricky tray and apple pie
  • Sunday, June 10, 2 -9 p.m. – Family day with face painting, petting zoo, pony rides, 50/50 prize drawing and mac ‘n cheese

Volunteers are still needed to help out. For more information on the carnival, volunteering and town news, Wharton, visit Wharton’s municipal website.

NAMI Morris County Holding First Annual Wellness Fair

NAMI Morris County Holding First Annual Wellness Fair

Join NAMI of Morris County for their 1st Annual Mental Health & Wellness Fair on Wednesday, June 6 from 6:30-8:30pm. It will be held at the Saint Francis Residential Community Club Room, located at 122 Diamond Spring Road, Denville, NJ.

Featured Speakers

  • Dr. Randy Bressler, Psychologist
    Dr. Bressler will discuss evaluation and treatment for adolescents and adults diagnosed with mental illness
  • Suruchi Saini, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP
    Suruchi Saini, owner of Holistic Bonfire will share how to holistically take care of mind, body and spirit
  • Dr. Sheila Bender, Ph.D.
    Expert in EMDR, (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), Dr. Bender will discuss the benefits of this therapy technique


Vendors will be present to provide information about Morris County mental health resources including:

  • NAMI Morris County
  • Atlantic Health System
  • Saint Clare’s Health
  • Family Partners of Morris & Sussex
  • MHA of Essex & Morris
  • Summit Oaks Hospital

Register Today!

This is a free event but registration is required.

To register, call 973-945-7386, or 973-768-4657, by June 2.

We hope to see you there!

Acting Group Educates About Mental Illness, Stigma

Register Now for FREE Thursday, May 23 Program in Denville

Using improvisational theater, the Mental Health Players teach their audiences to recognize the signs, symptoms and stigma suffered by people with mental illness by creating real-life scenarios of their interactions with family members and their community.

The group will perform THIS THURSDAY, May 23 at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Residential Community, 122 Diamond Spring Road, Denville. The event is free, but registration is required.

Email rosaelenaklingener@primehealthcare.com or call 973-625-7095.

Mental Health Players is a group of volunteer actors who are trained to depict realistic scenarios. Their role-play performances provide audiences with a dynamic way to receive basic education about depression, dementia, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety.

The goal is for family members, care givers, community members and professionals to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and to challenge the accompanying stereotypes and stigma.

For the last 30 years, the Mental Health Players have performed at agencies, professional conferences, partial care facilities as well as many colleges and secondary schools.

Audiences consist of all ages and diverse memberships, averaging over 2,000 people annually. The program is presented by Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris.

The program is a natural fit in Stigma-Free Morris County, where 33 towns, county government, hospitals, some school districts, the County Sheriff and Prosecutor, and many non-profits have joined the countywide Stigma-Free initiative. The Mount Arlington Borough Council recently passed a resolution to join the movement, and several more of the county’s 39 towns are considering joining.

Mount Arlington Joins Morris County Stigma Free Initiative

The Mount Arlington Borough Council has passed a resolution declaring the borough Stigma-Free, making the total 33 of Morris County’s 39 towns, along with hospitals, schools, nonprofit agencies, and law enforcement groups that have joined the countywide “Stigma Free’’ initiative.

The overriding goal is to help eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and with substance abuse disorders. The goal is to get people who need help into treatment programs.

“We want everyone to know help is available and no one should suffer alone,’’ said Mount Arlington Mayor Michael Stanzilis. “Establishing Stigma-Free communities will raise awareness of resources and encourage residents to engage in care as soon as a need is identified, so that recovery can begin, hope is inspired and tragedies are avoided.’’

As part of the countywide initiative, residents are urged to take the Stigma Free Pledge: https://morriscountystigmafree.org/take-the-pledge/

Mount Arlington is the newest member of a less-than-two-year-old grass roots movement that recognizes the high prevalence of mental illness and substance use disorders in our communities.

The Stigma-Free initiative promotes re-education and understanding that can lead to treatment and recovery – minus the stigma associated with these illnesses.

Mount Arlington joins a vast majority of Morris County municipalities that have signed on as Stigma-Free communities. Leaders of this movement from across the county are now working with school districts and faith-based groups to become active participants.

“Bringing our entire county community together with a concerted and united effort to help affected people seek recovery, without fear of stigma or reprisal, is quite a remarkable accomplishment,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “We are glad to be members of the Stigma-Free community, along with Mount Arlington.’’

In addition to Mount Arlington, other Stigma-Free towns are Boonton, Boonton Township, Butler, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Chester Borough, Chester Township, Denville, Dover, East Hanover, Hanover, Jefferson, Lincoln Park, Long Hill, Madison, Mendham Borough, Mine Hill, Montville, Mount Olive, Morris Plains, Morristown, Morris Township, Mountain Lakes, Netcong, Parsippany, Pequannock, Randolph, Rockaway Borough, Rockaway Township, Roxbury, Victory Gardens, and Washington Township, plus Morris County.

“It is support shown for this Stigma-Free initiative by towns like Mount Arlington, and Mayor Stanzilis and the Council and their residents, that can make this grass roots effort succeed,’’ said Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, the board’s liaison on Stigma-Free issues.

Here are a few of many voices in Morris County supporting the initiative:

Netcong Mayor Joseph Nametko:  “I am proud our Borough Council passed the resolution making Netcong an official Stigma-Free Borough. With this designation, we will work with our local organizations to insure we live up to the Stigma-Free title.’’

Chester Borough Mayor Janet Hoven: “Mental illness and drug abuse touch the lives of many, not only in Chester Borough, but in all of society. No one should feel less of a person regardless of an illness or addiction.  We support the initiative and hope that through this program, all residents will feel accepted and supported by all.’’

Chester Township Mayor Marcia Asdal:  “We understand that mental illness and addiction affect every community, and we know that no family or school or business is immune.’’

The Morris County Board of Freeholders in 2016 passed a resolution designating Morris County as a Stigma-Free County, joining an already established movement as a partner.

A Stigma Free website www.morriscountystigmafree.org provides a members-provided wealth of information and resources, and a calendar of upcoming events related to mental illness and substance abuse.  A Stigma-Free Toolkit also is available for towns, schools, and faith-based communities.

As part of the countywide initiative, residents are urged to take the Stigma Free Pledge: https://morriscountystigmafree.org/take-the-pledge/

For information on the disease of mental illness, visit www.nami.org and for information on NAMI’s national Stigma Free effort, visit: https://www.nami.org/stigmafree

Stigma is defined as a mark of disgrace which results from the judgment by others. When an individual is labeled by their illness they experience judgment and prejudice. Stigma brings experiences and feelings of shame, embarrassment, distress, hopelessness and reluctance to seek or accept help.

5 Ways You’re Shaming Mental Illness And May Not Know It

From the Huffington Post:

The consequences of mental health stigma are extensive. It makes mental illness seem like a character flaw, which is totally untrue, and can prevent people from seeking support that could help them manage their condition.

The worst part? People contribute to that stigma a lot more than they might realize.

Most well-meaning people don’t purposefully act in a way that doesn’t show compassion for the millions of people who have mental health disorders.

Read the rest of this informative article: 5 Ways You’re Shaming Mental Illness And May Not Know It.


“Have you been infected by stigma?”

During Mental Health Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is spreading awareness to #CureStigma:

Learn more about the #CureStigma campaign at curestigma.org.

May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month! The Mental Health Association in New Jersey is focusing on the connection between physical and mental well-being – do you focus on fitness #4Mind4Body?

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being; while so much of what we do physically impacts us mentally. This May is Mental Health Month the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) joins with Mental Health America in raising awareness of the connection between physical health and mental health, focusing on how eating healthy foods, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you healthy all around.

The MHANJ wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is always the goal. Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy, but by looking at your overall health every day – both physically and mentally – you can go a long way in ensuring that you focus on your Fitness #4Mind4Body. For more information or to talk about your emotional health, call us at 866-202-HELP (4357).

Learn more about Mental Health Month and download the #4Mind4Body toolkit from Mental Health America.