Health & Wellness

Verona Juniors Host Panel on Mental Illness

Panelists Patricia Keenan, Laverne Williams, Patricia Keenan, Richard Carson and Richard Kavanaugh have an animated discussion about mental illness in our community. Credits: Verona Junior Woman's Club
Richard Carson, Laverne Williams, Patricia Keenan, and Richard Kavanaugh volunteered their time as panelists for "Mental Illness in Our Families." Credits: Verona Junior Woman's Club

VERONA, NJ - On Nov. 2, The Junior Woman's Club of Verona hosted its first panel discussion: “Mental Illness in Our Families.” Over 50 residents of the local community joined club members to learn about the signs of mental illness and ways to connect to treatment and support. This instructive evening would not have been possible without individuals who shared their knowledge and experiences with our community.

First, we would like to thank the panelists: Laverne Williams of Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Montclair Police Department Detective Lieutenant Richard Cavanaugh, Patricia Keenan, Assistant Director of the Essex County Hospital Center, and Richard Carson, Peer Counselor at Project Live.

We appreciate the help of Connie Pifher, Health & Social Services Coordinator for the Verona Health Department, who skillfully moderated the panel.

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Additionally, we would like to thank Vivien Finn, the New Jersey State Federation of Woman's Clubs State Project Chairwoman, who joined us to share information about the work of and resources available from the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Jersey.

This panel is part of the Junior Woman’s Club’s two year-long effort to raise community awareness around mental illness. We invite the community to continue to learn more about mental illness and how to make connections to treatment and support resources.


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