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.

Sign Up for E-News

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 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.


Sign up to get all the news as it happens at and follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @MorristownTAP.

Download the TAPinto App!   Click here for Android.  Click here for iOS