MORRISTOWN, NJ - Nominees for the prestigious 2019 Terri Belske Mental Health Consumer Advocate of the Year Award are now being sought. Nominees should be a role role model in New Jersey and represent the Morris County community in advocating for the rights of all people with mental illness.
The award recognizes a person with experience of mental illness that may include substance use and has:
- Demonstrated leadership as an advocate for adequate community resources to support individuals in their journey to recovery
- Shown courage in representing the interests of individuals who have experienced mental illness and addictions
- Demonstrated kindness and compassion for others in need
- Acted as the voice for those who are not in a position to speak out for themselves.
Terri Belske was one of the first mental health consumers in New Jersey ever to sit on high-level state and county public policy committees. The Boonton resident, who died in 2016 at age 54, was a staunch defender and supporter of people who did not have a voice to advocate for themselves in the public arena.
To nominate someone, submit a maximum 500-word summary about the candidate and the reasons why she or he merits the award.
Submissions should be sent to the Morris County Mental Health Administrator Laurie Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 3.
The 2019 Forum planning committee will review all nominations. The awardee will be announced at the 2019 Public Forum, Many Faces of Recovery event from 5:30 -8 p.m., June 18, at the Haggerty Center at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township.
For more information, call 973-285-6852.