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EmPoWER Somerset to participate in Carrier Clinic’s Walk of Hope


walk of hope logoCarrier Clinic will be hosting its third annual “Walk of Hope” on its Belle Mead campus on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Registration is at 9 am, 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.

This family-friendly event will feature entertainment, refreshments, kid’s games and crafts, a doggie oasis and doggie look-alike contest for well-behaved and leashed dogs, and information about mental health and addiction illnesses provided by Community Partners: EmPoWER Somerset, NJAMHAA, NAMI NJ, NAMI Mercer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

All those interested in participating can register as individuals or as teams at www.CarrierClinicWalkofHope.org, and every person who raises at least $103 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.