Lighting the Pathway to Mental Wellnessfireflies

Finding the right mental health care is important but it can be difficult to find a place to start. Hear from the experts at MMC in this short video about what resources are available to you through our Early Intervention Support Services Program and our Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services.

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Our Goals:

  • Raise funds and spread awareness for mental health wellness at Monmouth Medical Center
  • Support Behavioral Health at Monmouth Medical Center. The Fireflies Council is proud to support the largest and most comprehensive behavioral health program in Monmouth County.

Council Members:

Carolyn Deforte*, Chair
Gloria Nilson*
Ruth Harms*
Stephanie Pianoforte*
Joelle Marcelli*
Maria Wood*
Mary Kiely
Kerry O’Brien
Corinne Thygeson
Claire Knopf*
Andrea Aikins
Lilly Thygeson

*Indicates Founding Member

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Carolyn Deforte, DMD, Founder and Chair of the Fireflies

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The Fireflies Behavioral Health Garden

Join The Fireflies Council for Behavioral Health to help revive the outdoor space that is currently being used by Behavioral Health for patients to go outside for fresh air. The goal is to make this space more tranquil, family-friendly and a true “breath of fresh air” from their days spent inside the hospital.

The Fireflies Wall of Inspiration

Join the Fireflies Council for Behavioral Health to help build the “Wall of Inspiration.” The Wall will be located in the Early Intervention Support Services (EISS) building in Neptune and will feature words of hope and quotes of wisdom. The Wall will inspire patients and families and help them through this difficult time in their life.

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