Ocean County's Second Annual Scare Away Stigma Trunk or Treat Announced

Toms River---The Ocean County Mental Health Awareness Committee (OCMHAC) is proud to announce the Second Annual Scare Away Stigma Trunk or Treat event will be held on Wednesday, October 25 from 6-8 pm on the 4th floor of the Ocean County Parking Garage.

Families are encouraged to come with their children to learn about mental health resources, visit stigma-free partners, and have fun “trunk or treating.”

“This event was a smashing success last year,” said Judy Daniels of Preferred Behavioral Health Group and Chair of the Committee. “This is a great opportunity to bring attention and talk openly about mental health issues and resources available in our communities, and it’s such a fun night with so many organizations participating,” she said.

The OCMHAC role is to bring awareness, encourage conversations, promote “stigma-free” zones, and help residents access mental health services and resources.

Over 30 organizations will have treats and resources, including the Toms River and Manchester Police Departments, Ocean County Departments of Human Services, Juvenile Services, Health, Information Technology, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County College, Ocean County-based mental health and substance use service organizations, and more.

For more information, contact Courtney Hartshorn at 732-506-5374 or chartshorn@co.ocean.nj.us.