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☷ Somerset County New Jersey - Somerset County Schedules First Ever “Stigma Free Conference” in North Plainfield on May 13
Somerset County , state New Jersey ( By Press Release office)
SOMERVILLE , NJ
– Stigma Free Somerset County will hold its first annual Stigma Free Conference on May 13 from 10 a . m . to 2 p . m . at the North Plainfield Community Center . The Conference will be educational for anyone interested in learning more about mental health issues and available services , whether professionals , community leaders , residents who have or know someone with a mental health condition , or anyone interested in becoming a Stigma Free advocate .
“When we declared North Plainfield a Stigma Free Community in 2017 it was a big step forward for the efforts to support people with mental health conditions , ” said Commissioner Doug Singleterry who served on the North Plainfield Borough Council at that time . “That we’re hosting the first Somerset County Stigma Free Conference in my hometown is totally appropriate and particularly gratifying . ”
The North Plainfield Community Center , at 614 Greenbrook Road , will open to participants at 9:30 a . m . with light breakfast fare , and a lunch will be available between programs . Presentations will include the new national 988 Suicide Prevention Hotline , finding services in Somerset County , how mental health issues can be different for youth or in multicultural communities , and the many pathways to recovery . Several non - profits and organizations will also be on hand to provide information on their services and help direct any residents who are looking to access mental health care for themselves or a loved one .
To register and for more information ,
The national Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that twenty percent of Americans are living with a diagnosable mental health condition in any one year , meaning that almost 70 , 000 of our Somerset County friends , family and neighbors may need support or treatment . Somerset County provides mental health services through its Mental Health Board , Richard Hall Community Health & Wellness Center , and by funding numerous programs through local non - profits and medical providers .
Somerset County initiated its Stigma Free campaign –
wareness - - in 2017 to raise awareness of the tangible impact mental health stigmas have not just on those with a diagnosable condition , but also on the community at large . The campaign initially worked with municipalities , educational facilities , and faith - based organizations to provide education and train advocates to expand the movement . Recently the County included local employers in the effort with the “Make It Your Business to Be Stigma Free” campaign .
To find information on Somerset County’s Stigma Free campaign , or to sign the pledge as an individual or business , please use the following links .
Stigma Free Information and Toolkit:
http://soconj . gov/stigmafreepledge
Stigma Free Pledge for Individuals:
http://soconj . gov/i - stigmafreepledge
Stigma Free Pledge for Businesses:
http://soconj . gov/b - stigmafreepledge
For more information on Stigma Free Somerset County or to get involved , reach out to Meg Isbitski , Somerset County ' s Assistant Mental Health Administrator , at
stigmafree@co . somerset . nj . us
or 908 - 704 - 6300 .
Somerset County Board of County Commissioners
Somerset County is governed and managed by the Board of County Commissioners . The Board consists of five members with one or two elected each year in November in the general election , and they each serve three - year terms . Commissioners serve as liaisons to all divisions in the county .
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