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Students at the  Mind Matters table at the first SCVTHS Mental Health Fair

(left to right): SCVTHS students Liliana Gomez of Bound Brook, Milan Patel of Hillsborough, Mira Amin of Bridgewater, Adarsh Mavathaveedu of Flemington, Taylor Barrera of Hillsborough and Ritu Peddini of Bridgewater at the Mind Matters table at the first SCVTHS Mental Health Fair.


On May 20th, Linkages, a program of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS), in conjunction with the SCVTHS Mind Matters club held their first ever Mental Health Fair. During the lunch periods, SCVTHS students were able to visit the exhibits of fifteen different mental health agencies from Somerset County. The Mental Health Fair was held as part of the events for Mental Health Awareness Month.

Mira Amin, a junior in the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences at SCVTHS, coordinated the Mental Health Fair as part of her Girl Scouts Gold Award and in an effort to raise awareness within the SCVTHS community. Working with Linkages Substance Abuse Counselor Donna Lenox, Mira was able to survey the students at SCVTHS and found that there was a need for the fair by providing a forum to introduce students to the services available to them and reducing the stigma around mental health issues.

Mira highlighted the importance of the fair, by showing what resources the school and County are able to provide and finding ways to reach out to students who may not know what’s available to them. Mira said, “It’s important to know what’s there for you. It might save a life.”

Agencies taking part in the event included:  Linkages, Attitudes in Reverse, Traumatic Loss Coalition, GenPsych, Middle Earth, Richard Hall, Safe and Sound Somerset, Princeton House, Blue Print Mental Health, NAMI, Mind Matters, RVCC, Carrier Clinic, Family Services and Empower Somerset.

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