Carrier Clinic hosts Community Walk of Hope for Mental Health Awareness

Heather W. Steel
Belle Mead, NJ – Carrier Clinic announced that it will be hosting its second annual “Walk of Hope” on its Belle Mead campus on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Registration is at 9am, with the walk starting promptly at 10am. This fundraising event is being held to raise awareness for mental health and addiction disorders, and help combat the stigma that is faced by those who suffer with mental illness.
“After last year’s successful event, we knew that we needed to continue to talk to our community more openly about mental illness. Our wish is to alleviate some of the mystery that surrounds mental illness and addiction by bringing people onto our campus, and educating them on the realities, not misconceptions, of mental illness,” said C. Richard Sarle, president & CEO of Carrier Clinic.
This family-friendly event will feature entertainment by WMGQ 98.3 radio station, and music by DJ Ken Lieberman. Food will be offered to participants courtesy of Amour Bagel Café, Applebees of Hillsborough, Philly Pretzel Factory of Hillsborough, Qdoba of Princeton, Sodexo and Starbucks of Hillsborough. Walk sponsors include NASS Tech, Sodexo, Electrical Concepts, Gen Psych, Somerville Lumber, Active Disposal, Financial Resources Federal Credit Union, Circus Place and Petrock’s Bar and Grill. Camp Bow Wow of Bridgewater will be on hand to share a treat at the Doggie Oasis, and Sparkee from the Somerset Patriots will join in the fun!
All those interested in participating can register as individuals or as teams at www.CarrierClinicWalkofHope.org, and every person who raises at least $102 will receive a Walk of Hope t-shirt.
Proceeds raised from the event will benefit Carrier Clinic. Donna Zaleski, Director of Development at Carrier is looking forward to an even bigger event this year. “Carrier Clinic, an independent, non profit behavioral health care system located in Belle Mead, New Jersey, is dedicated to providing outstanding mental health services to more than 5,000 teens, adults and older adult each year,” stated Zaleski. “The money raised at our Walk of Hope is essential for us to continue and grow our mission.”
Carrier Clinic, a private, not-for-profit behavioral healthcare system, specializes in psychiatric and addiction treatment. Carrier’s system includes a 281 licensed bed inpatient psychiatric hospital, 32 bed detoxification and rehabilitation center, a 78 bed adolescent residential facility, and a fully accredited middle and high school for students classified emotionally disturbed.
For information on the Walk of Hope or the Carrier Clinic and any of its services, please contact the Community Relations Department at (908) 281-1513.