Posted Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Terri Belske: A Lifelong Advocate for People with Mental Illness and Their Families

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Terri Belske

Terri Belske was one of the first mental health consumers in New Jersey ever to sit on high-level state and county public policy committees. The Boonton resident, who died in 2016 at age 54, was a staunch defender and supporter of people who did not have a voice to advocate for themselves in the public arena.

The annual Terri Belske Mental Health Advocate of the Year, created in 2016 in her honor, will be awarded annually at the “Morris County Public Forum:  Many Faces of Recovery.”

Nominees for this prestigious award are now being sought for the 2018 award.

As a Terri Belske Mental Health Advocate, the awardee is a role model in New Jersey and represents the Morris County community in advocating for the rights of all people with mental illness and/or addictions.

The award recognizes a person or family member with lived experience of mental illness and/or subMorris County Stigma Free logostance use who has:

  • Demonstrated leadership as an advocate for adequate community resources to support individuals in their journey to recovery
  • Shown courage in representing the interests of individuals who have experienced mental illness and addictions
  • Demonstrated kindness and compassion for others in need
  • Acted as the voice for those who are not in a position to speak out for themselves.

To nominate someone, please submit a maximum 500-word summary about the candidate and the reasons why she or he merits the award. Send it to Morris County Mental Health Administrator Laurie Becker at [email protected] by Friday, May 25.  The 2018 Forum planning committee will review the nominations.

The awardee will be announced at the 2018 Public Forum, Many Faces of Recovery on June 21, 2018, 5:00—7:30 p.m., at the Haggerty Center at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township.  For more information, call 973-285-6852.