News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director |  Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director

Melonie Marano, Commissioner | Paul Drake, Commissioner | Doug Singleterry, Commissioner

May 3, 2021


Take Advantage of Somerset County’s

Wellness Wednesdays Sessions in May

Free Workshops Available on Zoom


SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Department of Human Services has scheduled Wellness Wednesday sessions throughout May in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. The free workshops, which start at 12 p.m., are held on Zoom. Pre-registration is requested.

Over the past year, the COVID pandemic and its accompanying economic crisis has increased the need for mental health services. Isolation, sickness, grief, job loss and food instability have taken their toll on family, friends, classmates, neighbors and coworkers.  The Department of Human Services is offering the Wellness Wednesday sessions to give residents an easy way to attend to their health while remaining social distant.

Eight Dimensions of Wellness – May 5

This presentation covers the eight dimensions of wellness including physical, emotional/mental, environmental, spiritual, social, occupational, intellectual and financial. All aspects are important when taking care of ourselves.  Participants will learn how to practice self-care within each of dimension.

To register for the program, visit:

Guided Meditation – May 12

This session will showcase some meditation and mindfulness practices that can be easily recreated at home for all ages.  The goal is to learn practices that promote stress management, self-esteem, movement, and healing in a fun and accessible fashion.

Register in advance for this meeting:

Penelope the Powerful Parrot – May 19

Presented by Somerset County Hope and Healing, this session offers interactive storytelling with song and dance for children and families.  The story follows Penelope as she learns how to be resilient in the face of adversity and celebrate coping skills through an engaging sing-along event.

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Navigating the New Normal – May 26

In this session, Somerset County Hope and Healing focuses on the effect the pandemic has had on all of us and how these impacts have displayed in our lives.  Participants will learn how to cope, make positive and healthy decisions, and develop new skills for coping.

Register in advance for this meeting:

For more information, contact the Somerset County Department of Human Services at 908-704-6300 or

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