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Mental Wellness Resource Fair Emphasizes Help Is at Hand

10/16/18




City of Angels was among close to 20 organizations to participate in MCCC's Fourth Annual Mental Wellness Resource Fair.

MCCC Success Coaches: Ready to lend a hand!

From left, Student Government leaders William Wright, Laura Ceras and Caitlin Clarke (standing) help to enfuse campus life with enriching community service and social activities.

Attitudes in Reverse brought four therapy dogs, along with the display "In Their Shoes" (background.)

West Windsor, N.J. – When a major obstacle presents itself or life just seems out of control, students may feel they have nowhere to turn. On Oct. 11, Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Offices of Counseling and Community Networks and Student Life and Leadership sent a strong message of encouragement to those in need of support during their Fourth Annual Mental Wellness Resource Fair.

Observes MCCC Senior Counselor Dorothy Gasparro, who organized the fair, the goal is to inform students about the many mental wellness resources available at the college and in the community and to encourage them to seek help when they hit a roadblock that is interfering with their success.

“We are interested in serving the whole student,” Gasparro said. “We know that most students need some kind of support to be successful academically – whether that’s a network of family and friends, Mercer staff and faculty, or an outside organization. There are people who care and organizations that change lives for the better. Students just need to reach out and ask.”

Now in its fourth year, the fair has drawn numerous social service organizations from around the region. These groups provide services for a range of issues – from help with parenting, to substance abuse, to vocational rehabilitation services, and more.

Among MCCC’s services are counseling, success coaches and student advocates. The Student Life and Leadership office is also a central hub of campus life, where students are able to grow as leaders and make meaningful social connections.
In addition to the many caring humans who staffed tables,

Attitudes in Reverse (AIR) brought four therapy dogs that students greeted with enthusiasm. In a more somber display, AIR, which works to reduce suicide among young people, presented “In Their Shoes,” an exhibit consisting of more than 200 pairs of shoes that represent New Jersey youth who ended their lives in the last decade. Tags attached to each pair carried messages of struggle and despair.

Many thanks to the community organizations that participated: Another Door Opens, Capitol County Children’s Collaborative, Carrier Clinic, Catholic Charities, Center for Healing, Center For Wellness, Central Jersey Family Health Consortium, the N.J. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Good Grief, Hampton Behavioral Health, Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County (JFCS), Mercer County Family Support Organization, Parents Inc., Princeton House Behavioral Health, Recovery Advocates, Renfrew Center, Traumatic Loss Coalition, and Woman Space.

For more information about counseling services, email gasparrd@mccc.edu.

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