Mayor Mo Hill joined the team at RWJBarnabas Health, 1691 Route 9, on Thursday to commemorate the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month with the raising of a Stigma-Free Zone flag.
The Toms River Council declared Toms River a Stigma Free Zone in 2021.
According to an article in Medical News Today, more than 50% of U.S. adults will need mental health treatment at some point during their lifetime. In addition, 1 in 25 are currently living with a serious mental illness, such as an eating disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or major depression.
A national survey estimates that 11.2% of all U.S. adults report regularly feeling some form of worry, nervousness, or anxiety, while 4.7% report frequently experiencing sadness or symptoms of depression.