The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Middlesex County Mental Health Board will be holding a special free event marking the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

This event, “Celebrating Strength, Resilience & Hope” will take place Tuesday, May 24 at East Jersey Old Town Village’s Indian Queen Tavern from 4 to 7 p.m. East Jersey Old Town is located within Johnson Park in Piscataway at 1050 River Road.

The event will have a special focus on “The Power of the Peer.” Artwork of consumers will also be highlighted.

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“This program is a great way to bring attention to mental health issues in Middlesex County, and to offer support to those dealing with mental illness,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “We encourage all consumers, peers, family members, providers, students and community members to attend, and to help spread awareness of this event and its mission.”

“Anyone who is coping with mental illness or helping a loved one through mental illness needs a strong support network and a way to tap into their own inner strength,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti, chair of the Community Services Committee. “This program aims to help people find the support they need and celebrate that inner strength.”

Refreshments will be served at the event. Admission to the program is free, but registration is required. To register, . Those who do not have access to the internet can rsvp via phone to 732-745-3655. Please RSVP by May 17.

For information regarding this program, please contact Penny Grande at .