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Stop the Stigma Infographic

02 Jul 2014 Anti-Stigma, Information, News No Comments

Understanding the realities of mental illness is one of the primary ways to stop stigma. This infographic really captures key information...and gives us a mention as well. Thanks to Morningside Recovery out on the west coast for creating this. Stop The Stigma – An infographic

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The Record: Removing stigmas

22 May 2014 In the News No Comments

From - May 22, 2014

People with mental illness have to deal with two challenges: the illness itself and the societal stigma often placed on them. Yet there may be a light at the end of this tunnel as communities begin to publicly acknowledge that they can do better

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Stigma-Free Zone movement spreads in North Jersey

21 May 2014 In the News No Comments

From - May 21, 2014

Nearly one year after Paramus declared itself Bergen County's first Stigma-Free Zone, other North Jersey towns, as well as the county, are poised to develop similar initiatives aimed at educating the public about mental illness.

Mary Ann Uzzi first approached

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Paramus Town Hall Event Provides a Forum for Stories and Advice on Mental Health

12 May 2014 Events, Uncategorized No Comments

Leaders from local government, schools, business, and mental health care organizations and citizens filled the Paramus High School auditorium Thursday night for the area’s first Town Hall Meeting addressing the stigma associated with mental illness. The event was led by the Paramus Stigma-Free Zone task force, a group whose mission is

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Stigma-Free Zone Among Honorees at CarePlus Foundation’s Courage Awards Gala

08 May 2014 Events, In the News No Comments

The Stigma-Free Zone has been chosen as one of this year's honorees for the CarePlus Foundation Courage Awards Gala. We would like to thank you, the community, for your continued support of the Stigma-Free Zone. It is a great honor to be chosen for this award and we hope to

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

23 Apr 2014 In the News No Comments

Mayor Richard LaBarbiera Tens of millions of Americans are currently living with the burden of a mental illness and less than half of them will receive treatment. Though help is out there, a major barrier in receiving treatment is the stigma associated with mental illness. As a result, Paramus

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Town Hall Meeting in Paramus Aims to Break Down the Stigma of Mental Illness

16 Apr 2014 Events, In the News No Comments

To help raise awareness about mental illness within the community, the Paramus Stigma-Free Zone is holding a Town Hall Meeting: “Let’s Talk”. This is an opportunity for the community to get involved and become part of the solution to the mental health crisis. The Paramus Stigma-Free Zone task force operates on

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Paramus Town Hall Meeting: “Let’s Talk!”

09 Apr 2014 Events No Comments

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Award Winning Mental Health First Aid Course Being Offered in Paramus

17 Mar 2014 Events, In the News No Comments

In an effort to share potentially life-saving information with those who live and work in Paramus, the Paramus Stigma Free Zone is offering Mental Health First Aid as a community education program. Based on the award winning 8-hour certification course, it is designed to help individuals, groups, and communities better

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Let’s Help Dance Performance Video

12 Feb 2014 Events, In the News No Comments

Especially to those who came out to see the show and support us! Jennifer Landa, Paramus resident & Dance Teacher, Ridgewood High School Claudine Ranieri, Dance Teacher, Paramus High School Ann Marie Coelho, Director, Center Stage Dance Studio Katie Fierro, Dance Teacher, Center Stage Dance Studio Mariann Paul, Owner &

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