Health & Wellness

Press Releases

The Madison Area YMCA Celebrated International Day of Happiness to Support Paint the Town Yellow


MADISON, NJ - The Madison Area YMCA celebrated International Day of Happiness on March 20 to support Paint the Town Yellow, a campaign to encourage optimism and to shine a light on depression. Y staff members wore yellow to support the effort and children enrolled at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA participated in “happiness” activities. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest grassroots organization devoted to enhancing the lives of all affected by mental illness, will present “In Our Own Voice” on Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at the Madison Area YMCA on Kings Road. Presenters will describe the reality of living in recovery with a mental illness. They will share powerful personal stories, which adds a critical perspective to the popular understanding about the life of a person with a mental illness and dispels stereotypes and misconceptions. The Y joins other Madison businesses and organizations in support of Paint the Town Yellow and in adopting optimism-inspired art from New Jersey artists to spread awareness of depression and mental health and to increase optimism. Art is currently on display in the lobby of the Family Center on Kings Road through April 30. More than 60 artists and 30 organizations have united to Shine a Light on Depression, by creating Optimistic art, activities and events— all featuring International Optimism Yellow (a.k.a. ‘INT-O Yellow’). A portion of proceeds benefit the Madison Area YMCA’s Community Mental Health Initiative and (supporting Optimism in the Arts).  The Y’s Community Mental Health Initiative raises awareness and lowers the stigma associated with mental illness. The initiative also focuses on reducing barriers to mental health care by providing community members with knowledge and skills to enhance their ability to help. The YMCA provides opportunities to become certified in Mental Health First Aid. An evidence-based skills training course, Mental Health First Aid is designed for non-mental health professionals, preparing them to know how to help reduce the social distance between people with mental illnesses and others. The Madison Area YMCA is a 501c3 cause-driven charitable organization dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.   

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Madison Area YMCA TOGETHERHOOD Committee Enjoys Super Bowl with Cheshire Home Residents

February 18, 2018

The Madison Area YMCA’s TOGETHERHOOD committee enjoyed a Super Bowl party on game day with residents at Cheshire Home, a provider of residential and rehabilitative services to young adults with spinal cord injuries or neurological impairments. Cheshire Home is located in Florham Park.

TOGETHERHOOD, the Y’s Signature Program for Social Responsibility, empowers members to plan ...

Wednesday Weather Update for Madison

February 6, 2018

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the anticipated incoming snow for Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook. The current system is on track to bring some snow before it switches over to sleet, freezing rain and plain rain in the afternoon.

Snow will likely begin shortly after daybreak tomorrow, and will ...


AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link:

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!


Upcoming Events


Sat, March 17, 11:00 AM

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Madison

Can a Leprechaun Be Caught?

Arts & Entertainment Education