May is Mental Health Awareness Month and even though the month is wrapping up, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention wants people to always be aware of mental health. The AFSP New Jersey Chapter wants to turn social media green on Wednesday May 26th, and they want social media users to make just this one post that day to hopefully save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

Suicide rates are very high in the United States and unfortunately there are people out there who don't know where to turn and think they have no one to talk to. Same goes for those affected by suicide. They are wrong. They do have somewhere to turn and they do have someone to talk to. For anyone struggling, call 800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741.

Screenshot the photo below and post it to your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook on Wednesday, May 26th. Use the hashtags #gardenstategreenout and #afspnj to show your support for Suicide Prevention and Suicide Awareness.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Suicide is not an easy topic to talk about. I have a friend who was directly affected by suicide and I know that it's not easy to talk about your emotions and how you are feeling once you have been affected by it. I cannot imagine life being so bad that someone chooses to take their own life. I am one of those people who is constantly checking in on my family and friends, so that no one in my life ever gets to that point.

I advise others to do the same and to check up on their loved ones. Not only check up on them, but to also be kind to those around you. I do not stand for bullying and I will not my children to bully those that may be different from them. I was bullied and in a way, I still feel like I am some days. It's a horrible feeling that I do not wish upon anyone. You never know what kind of battle someone else is fighting. So please, be kind.

Restaurants Still Doing To-Go Cocktails

With so many people getting vaccinated and COVID-19 cases and deaths going down at a rapid rate, the President as well as Governors are reopening this country little by little. We're now allowed to sit at bars again and the CDC just announced that if you are vaccinated, you not longer have to wear a mask indoors. This was huge news and I can only hope that this country bounces back from the devastating economic crisis that the pandemic has caused.

I was reading an article online the other day from Food & Wine that said to-go cocktails are still going to be a thing after the pandemic is over and I have to say, I agree.

Some people do not have a full stocked bar like I do. My husband used to be a bartender and we like having happy hours and drinks. So if they want a specific cocktail or some sangria, it might be very convenient to order a cocktail to-go and take it home. That way, they don't have to worry about driving and they still are supporting a local business or restaurant.

I found a bunch of restaurants that are still doing cocktails to go in our area, so if this is your jam, I've got you covered.

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