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Event series to promote mental health awareness continues at 16th Street Park

The next get-together is on August 11 at 6:30 p.m. in 16th Street Park in Bayonne

Children enjoy movie night on July 28 as part of the mental health awareness series. Photo courtesy of Sister Agnes Rivera of the Church of Latter Day Saints of Jesus Christ in Bayonne.

The Bayonne Interfaith Association, in conjunction with the City of Bayonne,  is set to host another event in its mental health awareness series at 16th Street Park.

The inaugural series kicked off last summer as residents sought some normalcy amid the relief in COVID-19 restrictions. Following the warm reception in 2021, the event series was continued again in 2022.

An organizer of the event, Rev. Dorothy Patterson of Wallace Temple AME Zion Church, highlighted that there has never been a more important time for mental health awareness.

Successful first and second events

This year, the city hosted the first of its series of mental health awareness events at 16th Street Park starting in late June. The event was dubbed the “Selfcare and Wellness Resource Fair” and was well attended on June 30.

The first event focused on sharing knowledge, providing resources, and promoting awareness of mental health. A number of organizations in Bayonne and many that operate countywide were in attendance, and free ice cream was provided.

That was followed by a movie night at 16th Street Park on July 28. Keeping with the theme of mental health awareness, the movie shown was “Encanto” and free ice cream was again available.

Mental health resources present at the first event were also available at the second event, and will also be present for the upcoming third event. The series of events continues in August.

Upcoming in August

Entitled “Shine A Light On Mental Health,” the event aims to continue to promote mental health awareness. Resources and information will be available to residents on August 11 at 6:30 p.m.

This event will feature skits, spoken word, songs, and self care throughout the evening, as well as more free ice cream. More events may be announced in the future.

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