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Hoboken initiates stop stigma week on mental illness

The City of Hoboken declared itself a “Mental Health Stigma-Free” zone – the first in the country. The goal is to promote recovery from mental illness by reducing its stigma through community education.

What Is Hoboken Stop Stigma Week?
Our Goal is to promote recovery from mental illness by reducing its stigma through community education

Our Plan:
Events to educate public about plight of people afflicted with mental illness.
Focus groups will be conducted beginning in January through April with church groups etc.

  • The Mayor will proclaim Hoboken as nation’s first Stigma Free Zone
  • Will unveil Sign that designates as. Sign(s) will be posted at 3 entrances into Hoboken.
  • The mayor will award of winners of Essay Contest, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
  • Theatre Performance-Michael Mack-Hearing Voices Speaking in Tongues
  • Hoboken Police Force will receive NAMI NJ’s training to educate them to facilitate an emergency with a person afflicted with mental illness
  • Hoboken Teachers will receive a training on how to present “Every Mind Matters.”
  • 8th, 9th and 10th Graders will be taught NAMI NJ educational program “Every Mind Matters.”
  • Essay Contest 8th 9th & 10th Graders
  • Day Programs for the mentally ill in Hudson County will build sculptures from empty medicine bottles that will be displayed.

For more information:
http://hobokenstopstigmaweek.info/

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