SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Volunteer Sandy Harris was honored at the Springfield Offices of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) early last month on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Harris was recognized for updating a statewide online database called the New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse.  She also conducted a large ourtreach to individuals who facilitate support groups to those who have lost a love one to suicide in order to offer training and workshops as needed.

Harris, a resident of Springfield, is a retired Health Officer for Irvington and a former Director of the Essex Regional Health Commission. 

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“This is an extension of what I’ve done for years,” said Harris. “Working with people and giving them the resources for what they need.”

According to the mission satement on their website, The Mental Health Association in New Jersey strives for mental health for children and adults through advocacy, education, training, and services. The vision of the MHANJ is a statewide community in which people with mental illnesses can achieve full potential, free from stigma and other barriers to care and recovery.

The MHANJ is celebrating 75 years of operation in 2019. Their offices are located in Springfield, New Jersey.