Posted Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
Terri Belske: A Lifelong Advocate for People with Mental Illness and Their Families
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 2019 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 substance use who has:
John Robbins, manager of the nonprofit Morris Community Wellness Center, was named Morris County’s Terri Belske Consumer Advocate of the Year in 2018.
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 3. The 2019 Forum planning committee will review the nominations.
The awardee will be announced at the 2018 Public Forum, Many Faces of Recovery event from 5-7 p.m., June 18, at the Haggerty Center at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township. For more information, call 973-285-6852.