TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON DECLARES MUNICIPALITY A STIGMA-FREE ZONE
One in four adults experiences a diagnosable mental illness every year and many of these individuals do not seek help because of fear of shame or judgment from friends, family and co-workers. The Township of Washington made the first steps towards eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness. The elimination of mental health stigma will allow residents to get the resources they need without judgment.
Township representatives passed a resolution designating the municipality a Stigma-Free Zone in order to create an environment in which residents will feel free to seek treatment for the disease of mental illness without the fear of being stigmatized. The Township of Washington joins the County of Bergen in declaring a Stigma-Free Zone.
The Township of Washington hopes to raise awareness of the disease of mental illness, provide an effective way to reduce the stigma associated with the disease and encourage those who are affected to seek services and feel supported. The establishment of this Stigma-Free Zone will raise awareness of local Township of Washington mental health resources so no one resident needs to feel hopeless or alone. The elimination of stigma will enable residents to ask for help when needed so recovery can begin, hope is inspired and tragedies are avoided.
The Township of Washington urges anyone who would like more information on the Stigma-Free Campaign to contact The Board of Health at 201-664-4425 to help us to eliminate stigma and promote wellness amongst all Township of Washington and Bergen County residents.
Are you looking for treatment and support?
Care Plus NJ, Inc.
201-986-5000 | www.CarePlusNJ.org
Bergen Regional Medical Center
Additional Information, Links and articles on Mental Illness & Statistics:
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