Darren’s Gallery

January 31, 2023 7:00 pm - January 31, 2023 8:30 pm
Darren's GalleryVirtual Support group for those struggling with mental illness Held the last Tuesday of every month 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm All are welcome

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

May 11, 2023 6:00 pm - May 11, 2023 8:00 pm
Children's Mental Health Awareness DayChildren's Mental Health Awareness Day This day features a panel discussion including family members impacted by mental health and suicide; and professionals who provide support to youth and families. Together, potential solutions for care and suicide prevention could be available for attendees. WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. WHERE: St. Matthew AME Church 336 Oakwood Avenue, Orange, NJ 07050 FSOEC extends its heartfelt thanks to the leadership and congregation of St. Matthew’s for their commitment to this cause and the use of their facility. WHY: Because Children’s Mental Health Matters Children's Mental Health Awareness Day seeks to increase understanding about the importance of children’s emotional and mental health challenges. It can also increase public awareness about these challenges and foster resilience in families. We are focusing on suicide prevention and providing resources to help benefit youth, young adults, parents, and professionals. The mission of this event is to prevent suicide and support those affected by suicide. HOW: If you’d like to participate in this event, register by Monday, May 8 at If you have questions, please email us at or call (973) 395-1441, extension 219

Back to School Mental Wellness Day

Watsessing Park
August 12, 2023 1:00 pm - August 12, 2023 5:00 pm
Back To School 2023 August 12th 2023 1 pm to 5 pm At Watsessing Park, East Orange, NJ Theme: Mental Health is Mental Wealth

Stigma Free Somerset County Mental Health Conference

May 19, 2023 10:00 am - May 19, 2023 3:00 pm
Stigma Free Somerset County Mental Health Conference Our founder, Deirdre Alette Asiema, will be speaking at the Stigma Free Somerset County Mental Health Conference on Friday May 19th 2022. Location: Raritan Valley Community College 118 Lamington Road Branchburg, NJ 08876 United States Date and time: Friday, May 19 · 9:30am - 3pm EDT

Invisible Pain Day

Middlesex County Fire Academy
January 7, 2023 12:00 pm - January 7, 2023 4:00 pm
Invisible Pain Day Logo   The unseen pain that goes undiagnosed, dismissed and stigmatized. The pain that has overtaken so many loved ones to the point that they can no longer bear the struggle and sadly causes many to end their lives prematurely. Friends and family support the grieving ones during their time of tragedy. The fresh memory of the departed ones and the support is comforting. Unfortunately this support fades over time. The people around “move on” with their lives and may not fathom why the sadness and pain still exist for the grieving, who continue to relive the tragedy and bear the continuous pain. Please join us every January 7th as The Darren Clark Jr. Memorial and NAMI NJ observe the annual Invisible Pain Day with a community gathering. It is an official day to honor those who have lost a loved one to mental distress and suicide. We will come together to encourage and support one another, bring awareness to mental illness and remind the world that our loved ones may be gone, but they will never be forgotten. We will spread hope and share vital information to people affected by suicide. Our goal is to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help. We share this day with our friends, family, and others who have suffered a loss of a loved one by suicide and as NAMI New Jersey says, “You are not alone.” Featured Event Highlights: – Guest Speakers – Exhibitors/Resource Tables – Art Therapy – Loving Message Table – Mindfulness Activities – Sensory Room – Candle Lit Vigil – Vocalist – Light Lunch/Refreshments Registration for the 2024 event will open later in the year.


Annual Charity Dinner

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Back to School Mental Health Day

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The Darren Clark Jr. Memorial foundation hosted a Back-to-School Mental Health Day at Watsessing Park in East Orange on Saturday, Aug. 27. The event served more than 100 underserved students from Essex County, providing backpacks or messenger bags filled with age-appropriate school supplies to students who participated in the four activities meant to help them learn more efficient mental health coping mechanisms.

The Essex and Passaic counties chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness assisted in the mental health stations, which consisted of journaling, yoga, art therapy and a check-in chat with a therapist. The health departments of Essex and Morris counties, along with the East Orange Police and Health departments, contributed to the event by speaking with students and their families to inform them of options for mental health support within their community.

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