March 20, 2008
For Immediate Release

Contact: Julia Bey Ahmet
973-463-9600 (303)


Community Hope will host the Annual Forum on Mental Health on Friday, May 2, 2008 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany, New Jersey.

The Forum is an educational event promoting wellness and recovery for health care professionals; individuals with mental illness; their family members and caregivers. The Forum is also open to the public.

The theme of this year’s event is “Healing Lies Within: An Introspective View of Mental Health Recovery” with the keynote address delivered by national and international speaker Amy Long. She received several diagnoses during treatment in the mental health system years ago and will speak of her efforts to regain her voice and take charge of her own recovery.

Long has worked as a Psychiatric Nurse for the past 20 years in both community mental health settings and on inpatient units. Today she is an Educator/Trainer for the National Empowerment Center and works part-time as the Assistant Director of Riverside Career Services, a Supported Employment Program. She is one of the founders of Bridges of Hope, a supportive network for Consumers working as Providers.

Other workshops include the reintegration benefits of employment; stress reduction skills; and the importance of relationships and connections with peers and professionals in the recovery process.

The Forum is sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceutica and the Schering-Plough Corporation. Workshop sponsors include the Morris County Mental Health Substance Abuse Advisory Board. Registration is $35 per person and includes breakfast and lunch. For a conference brochure, visit the events page of Community Hope’s website at or contact Vanessa Bazydlo at or 973-463-9600 at extension 308.

Founded in 1985 by family members of young adults with schizophrenia, depression and other mental illnesses, Community Hope today provides a continuum of housing with support services to more than 270 individuals in recovery from mental illness and substance abuse.