Stigma-Free Zone

The Bergen County STIGMA-FREE Initiative is a county-wide program which aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. We are dedicated to raising awareness of the disease of mental illness and create a culture wherein residents who have the disease feel supported by their community and neighbors and feel free to seek treatment for the disease without fear of stigma.
Joining the Stigma-Free Initiative will:
  • Educate residents that mental illness is a disease and must be treated as such
  • Raise awareness of the prevalence of mental illness in our community
  • Provoke public interest in learning what is “STIGMA-FREE”
  • Providing residents an opportunity to become involved in their community
  • Allow people living with the disease to feel supported by their community and thus decrease feelings of isolation and shame
  • Link people in need to local mental health resources
  • Raise awareness that care is accessible regardless of income
Download The Stigma-Free Toolkit Now
Download the
Toolkit now!
(.pdf, 5 MB)

If you would like more information
or call 201-634-2745.

In addition to Bergen Co. officially being Stigma-Free, some of our towns have taken it one step further by individually declaring that they are Stigma-Free!

See Which Bergen County Towns Are Stigma-Free »

Download a list of Mental Health First Aid Resources (.pdf) »