By: Katherine Prull '19
We are proud of Professor William Waldman, who was honored on June 19 with the 2018 Mental Health Association in New Jersey Golden Bell Achievement Award at their 19th Annual Evening of Excellence in Kenilworh, NJ. Along with being an associate professor at the School, Waldman is the outgoing chairman of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) Board of Trustees. The MHANJ is a a statewide non-profit organization that strives for mental health for children and adults through advocacy, education, training, and services.
The Evening of Excellence is a night dedicated to celebrating state leaders and treatment facilities for their excellence and dedication to behavioral health. The event also furthers the discussion about mental health with speakers who elevate awareness and are leaders for change. This year, nationally-recognized speaker, Austin Eubanks, presented the keynote address. Euabanks is a Columbine shooting survivor who dedicates his career to shining light on these social and political issues.
Professor Waldman was recognized and honored by the MHANJ for his role as a distinguished behavioral health leader in New Jersey. "I am deeply honored by the receipt of the Golden Bell award from the Mental Health Association in New Jersey," Waldman says. "I am proud of the progress the organization has made during my tenure as chair – all directed to recovery and wellness of individuals, families and communities affected by behavioral health issues." Waldman has made significant policy decisions related to mental health and has provided strong leadership to the Board of Trustees staff.
MHANJ increases access to care for people coping with mental illness through advocacy and a focus on policy in New Jersey. Their vision is to rid the stigma behind mental illnesses and tear down barriers to care and recovery. To learn more about the MHANJ and the efforts they contribute, please click here.