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Sharing Personal Experiences Helps Eliminate Stigma and Save Lives

NJAMHAA and AIR™ Aim to Prevent Suicide by Encouraging Conversations about Mental Health Conference to Be Held September 23, 2019

September 16, 2019

The most common reason why individuals struggling with mental health issues do not seek help is stigma, which engenders fear, embarrassment and a sense of shame. However, since mental health disorders are real illnesses, there should not be any judgment. Education is essential for eliminating stigma among those who have a lack of knowledge or misperceptions, and to prevent a stigmatizing outlook from developing among youth. As part of their ongoing efforts to eliminate stigma, the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) and Attitudes In Reverse® (AIR™) will host their Seventh Annual Suicide Prevention Conference, Story Tellers: It’s Never too Early to Talk to Children about Mental Health, presented by and co-sponsored by Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) – New Jersey Chapter. This event will be held on September 23, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the HOPE Tower, Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center, 1945 Route 33, Neptune, NJ.

“The most powerful way to eliminate stigma is through story telling. Sharing personal experiences is the best way to elicit responses from individuals of all ages and encouraging them to seek treatment for themselves and their loved ones,” said Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO of NJAMHAA.

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