May is Mental Health Awareness month, and as part of the effort to highlight the issues faced by those affected by mental illness, local advocates are reminding residents that adults aren't the only ones struggling.

According to statistics from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, also known as NAMI, about 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year. For the 8 to 15 age group, that number is 13 percent.Type your paragraph here.


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Published May 11, 2015

NEWTON -- Sunny, warm weather made the Youth Partnership's Walk-a-Thon Walk for Mental Health at the Newton Green Friday just that much more enjoyable. Participants walked the green, located across from the Family Partners of Morris-Sussex Community Room, throughout the afternoon.

A highlight of the event was the unveiling of the Family Partners' bottlecap project. Roughly 40,000 bottle caps were made into a mural to raise awareness of children's mental health issues next month.


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At the April 22, 2015 meeting of the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Freeholder Gail Phoebus presented a Proclamation to Rachel Helt declaring May 7th "National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day" in Sussex County.


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Published Apr 23, 2015

Published Apr 14, 2015

Roughly 40,000 bottle caps will become part of a mural to raise awareness of children's mental health issues next month.

The project by Family Partners of Sussex and Warren Counties began last month with collection of the bottle caps from the town of Newton, all offices of NewBridge Services, Sussex County Technical School, Caring Partners in Mount Arlington, Project Self-Sufficiency in Newton, the Center for Prevention and Advanced Housing, said Derek Pivko, who works with community outreach for Family Partners.

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NEWTON — The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders issued a Proclamation designating May 8, 2014, as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. On display during the meeting were three paintings done by members of the Youth Partnership.

The Youth Partnership is a program run by Family Partners of Morris and Sussex Counties that provides an opportunity for youth to come together to get peer support, participate in social activities, volunteer in the community, learn leadership skills, and just have fun.


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Published May 13, 2014

NEWTON — For any young person who has ever struggled with a mental illness or disability, two volunteers at Family Partners of Sussex and Morris — a Family Support Organization — have taken the reigns in uniting those who deal with mental challenges in a fun, healthy environment in the creation of their ‘Breakfast Club.’ The club meets with teens and young adults between the ages of 13 and 21, twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. until noon July 15 through Aug. 21 and offers prizes for attending. Parents who wish to stay for the duration are invited to participate in “Operation Parent Project,” which is “designed to give moms and dads real tools and resources for dealing with today’s problems, like bullying,” said Dawn Maffetone, the Community Outreach Specialist and Youth Coach at Family Partners. 


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Published Aug 1, 2014

Published May 11, 2015