The Fanwood-Scotch Plains-Westfield Here2Help Mental Health Coalition will offer its sixth mental health forum on Tuesday, June 2, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom and Facebook Live.

The outbreak of Covid-19 has impacted individuals both physically and emotionally. As people deal with the distress of the illness, isolation, and the financial fallout they may struggle with increased anxiety or depression. How can we, as spouses, parents, friends and neighbors support each other during this difficult time? How do we know when it is time to ask for outside help?

Arlene Klemow, the Director of Training at Caring Contact, will provide guidance on how to recognize when a person may need support and what to do.

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“Each and every one of us is on the front lines when it comes to our friends', colleagues' and loved ones' mental health”, stated Klemow. “I will teach simple hands-on skills to better be able to detect if someone is struggling with a mental health challenge and what you can do to help”.

During the training she will explain how to recognize signs and symptoms, and develop the language, skills and confidence to begin a conversation to get the person help. Please register at: This event will be available via Zoom and on Facebook Live. Link information will be sent upon registration.

Originally organized by the Westfield and Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCAs, the mission of the Here2Help Mental Health Coalition is to improve community awareness and understanding of mental health issues through education, basic skills training and resource information and to help break down barriers that prevent people from seeking care. Information about Here2Help can be found at