FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – Purple is the color of the day at Freehold Raceway Mall this Sunday.
The CFC Loud N Clear Foundation, in partnership with Freehold Raceway Mall, is bringing back the Paint the Mall Purple for Mental Health & Recovery Awareness event on Sunday.
Returning after a two-year absence due to COVID-19, the free family-friendly event will run from noon to 4 p.m. and features speakers, meditation, music, yoga, drum circles, and information from community health resources.
The focus of the event: providing answers about mental health and recovery and information about connections and resources available when you need them, said Alyssa Regan, CFC’s assistant executive director.
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It aims to raise awareness, encourage action and also break stigma, the organization said.
“We as humans really need connection, the missing link in what we’ve seen with COVID-19 and the COVID pandemic in general because we’re forced to separate, do the six feet,” said Regan.
More than 100 organizations from Monmouth and Ocean counties, as well as from the tristate region, have a seat at the event. Among the participants are people recovering from gambling addiction and other mental disorders who will share their own stories and experiences.
Also new this year, CFC members will display their artwork to highlight ‘Art Outside The Box Mural Project’, an art display in the north wing of the mall. It ties in with “CFC Loud N Clear’s message that there is opportunity in all things when given a different perspective and the right tools to succeed.”
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Visitors can support the event by wearing purple, a mall representative said.
In a statement, Frank Lucia, senior mall manager of Freehold Raceway Mall, said past events have helped connect families with local organizations that can help people struggling with mental illness and addiction.
“During the two-year hiatus, there has been an increase in people struggling with mental illness as a result of COVID,” said Lucia. “Now it’s even more important to give our community a day to find resources for loved ones and hear stories of hope from those who have lived through the same struggles.”
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