May Observed as Older Americans Month and Mental Health Month

Morris County

The Morris County Board of County Commissioners issued proclamations for the Month of 2022 for Older Americans and Mental Health Month, which are held in the United States each May.

“It is important every year to recognize the people in our society who have gone before us. They built this nation… and we also recognize the wisdom they have amassed over time. We can still benefit from that every day,” said Commissioner-Director Tayfun Selen during a working meeting of the board.


He presented a framed proclamation to Christine Hellyer, director of the Morris County Office on Aging, Disabilities, & Community Programming, and Carol Stoltz, who retired April 30 after working as a care manager with seniors and people with disabilities for 21 years. . †

“During our annual Mental Health Awareness observance, we also extend special thanks to our dedicated mental health providers,” said Director Selen.

“That includes everyone in our Office of Health and our Department of Human Services, especially our Division of Community and Behavioral Health Services.

It also includes the dedicated members of our Hope One mobile units and the Morris County Navigating Hope program. It includes the Morris County Mental Health Addictions Services Advisory Board, which is represented here tonight,” Selen added.

He presented the Mental Health Awareness Month proclamation to Amy Archer, Morris County’s mental health administrator, and Cheryl Garodnick, vice chair of the advisory board.


Month for Older Americans

“We are fortunate to have Morris County and the Commissioner supporting our seniors in Morris County. So thank you to the commissioners for all the support and thank you to the administration for what you are doing for us to help the seniors in our community,” Hellyer said.

“I cannot emphasize the importance of the programs and services available to our Morris County seniors. When we enter the homes of our seniors, the most important thing they want, other than their health, is to age in their place. They want to stay in their house. … I’m just so glad we were able to do that on behalf of the county,” Stoltz says of her 21 years working with seniors.


Mental Health Awareness Month

“More than ever, we are seeing a mental health crisis in our county, state and national levels. So thank you so much for the recognition and thank you for all the support you give to Morris County residents when it comes to behavioral health, said Amy Archer, mental health administrator.

“Thank you for this recognition and for supporting the community with funding sources… related to mental health services.

Current multi-level needs for mental health services include supportive resources to address an opioid overdose epidemic, a suicide prevention initiative, and a global pandemic.

There is no time like the present for us to prioritize mental health services,” the Advisory Council’s Garodnick said.

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