Bayonne Interfaith promotes mental health awareness at the first event of the series

Amid tables of valuable mental health resources, At-Large Councilman Juan Perez is assisted by a spiritual healer. Photos by Daniel Israel.

The Bayonne Interreligious Association, in collaboration with the city of Bayonne, organized the first of a series of mental health awareness events in the park on 16th Street.

The event was dubbed the “Selfcare and Wellness Resource Fair” and was well attended on June 30. The inaugural series kicked off last summer as residents searched for some normalcy amid easing COVID-19 restrictions.

The first event focused on sharing knowledge, providing resources and promoting mental health awareness. A number of organizations from Bayonne and many organizations operating throughout the county were present.

Resource agencies included Bayonne Medical Center, Journey Counseling, Mike Stanlaw Fitness, Hudson County District Attorney’s Office, Bayonne Police Department, German’s Massage, Trinitas, Bayonne Community Mental Health, WTCARES, United Health Care , Magdalena T’Kwak’L Yoga, Prayer Station, Nutritionist, Office on Aging, NAACP Health Committee, Jersey City WIC, Midtown Pharmacy, Bayonne Totally Healed International and others.

Free ice cream and unlimited resources and information were available to the people of Bayonne.

A number of officials also showed their support for the first event, such as Assemblyman William Sampson, At-Large Councilman Loyad Booker, At-Large Councilman Juan Perez and First Ward Councilman Neil Carroll, among others.

Had free ice cream and sorbet by DRIP Gelato.

There were also several speakers, including a brief workout, as part of the interactive presentation at the event.

Mike Stanlaw of Stanlaw Fitness gave a keynote and workout presentation at the event. Photo courtesy of At-Large Councilman Juan Perez.

Plus, there was free ice cream and sorbet from DRIP Gelato and Cafe at the event. The next event will take place later this month, consisting of a movie night in the park.

The audience at the presentation participated in training alongside Stanlaw, as physical fitness is a key component of mental health. Photo courtesy of Perez.

One of the organizers of the event, Reverend Dorothy Patterson of Wallace Temple AME Zion Church, previously told the News from the Community of Bayonne that the next event in the series will be a movie night this month.

Resources available ranged from the Hudson County District Attorney’s office to a prayer station and spiritual healing. Photo courtesy of Perez.

The movie night will take place at 16th Street Park on July 28 starting at 7:30 p.m. The movie will be “Encanto” and free ice cream will again be provided.

Rev. Dorothy Patterson of Wallace Temple AME Zion Church helped organize the event. Photo courtesy of Perez.

Patterson added that there will likely be a presentation before the film begins. The presentation will focus on the general theme of events centered around mental health awareness.

Many people of different faiths and beliefs came to the event. Photo courtesy of Perez.

Similar mental health resources will also be available at the second event. Patterson said there has never been a more important time for mental health awareness, which is why the series of events continued this year after last year’s warm reception. More events will likely be announced in the coming months.

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