April 9, 2014
For Immediate Release

Contact: Julia Bey Ahmet
(973) 463-9600, ext. 303


PARSIPPANY, NJ --Community Hope, in partnership with the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Morris County, will host the Annual Learning Forum and Wellness Fair on Thursday, May 15, 2014 beginning from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Parsippany PAL, 33 Baldwin Road, Parsippany, New Jersey.

The one-day health fair and educational forum is an educational event geared toward promoting wellness and recovery for health care professionals; individuals with mental illness; their family members and caregivers. The Forum is also open to the public and is offered as a free public service of Community Hope and the MHA of Morris County.

The theme of this year’s event is “Putting the Pieces Together: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds” with a focus on the impact of the physical dimension of wellness. This year’s keynote address delivered by Patricia Dooley, Director of Choices, she will focus on the Challenges of Tobacco Addiction in Mental Health.

Following the key note address, the Expo Resource Hall will open and 40+ vendors will be displaying services pertaining to wellness and recovery. Six interactive workshops led by professionals will be offered throughout the day emphasizing the Eight Dimensions of Wellness. Last year, the Health and Wellness Fair drew more than 200 attendees including mental health professionals, disability service providers, individuals with mental illness and their families and care givers.

This event is open to the general public, admission is free. The Parsippany PAL is accessible by NJ Transit Bus Route 871 Interested healthcare vendors and participants can visit the events page of Community Hope’s website at or contact Terry Carlson, Community Hope RN, at 973-463-9600, extension 318, or Tracy Cappiecille at the MHA at 973-334-3496, extension 112.

Community Hope provides a continuum of housing with support services to thousands of individuals in recovery from mental illness and substance abuse. Community Hope is also the largest charity in New Jersey serving homeless veterans and veteran families. The agency will provide housing, services and case management to more than 500 individuals and veteran families this year.

The Mental Health Association of Morris County is a non-profit, charity organization dedicated to serving people with mental illness and their families. Incorporated in 1953, the Mental Health Association of Morris County (MHAMC) is a local chapter of the New Jersey Division of the National Mental Health Association, today known as Mental Health America.