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Gloucester County participating in National Prevention Week

Gloucester County participating in National Prevention Week 

(Woodbury, NJ) The week of May 14 is National Prevention Week in Gloucester County. National Prevention Week is an annual observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health.  It is held each year during the third week of May, near the start of summer, an important time for schools, communities, and prevention professionals to re-focus on prevention.

On Friday, May 18 the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders will be promoting the Prevention of Suicide through the Promotion of Stigma Free Language and Campaign by encouraging residents to join in stomping out Mental Illness Stigma. In order to participate, all you need to do is post Logic's video "1-800-273-8255" to any site or social media account you have available including sites such as your agency, school, or personal sites and social media pages such as Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else on May 18 with the following message:

"Today is Suicide Prevention day, and in an effort to eliminate stigma and promote mental health we ask you to watch Logic’s Grammy Award Winning video, that has become the anthem for Suicide Prevention “1-800-273-8255", with a loved one to simply start a conversation.  You can #Bethe1to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis.  For 24/7 help, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1800-273-8255.

Thank you for being a part of the conversation!

Sincerely,

The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders”

To access and copy the link to the video please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb24RrHIbFk

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, “Substance abuse and mental health are two very serious topics that are often misunderstood or overlooked. By making the public more aware of these serious issues, we are promoting understanding within the community that could lead to more people who are suffering seeking help.”  

Freeholder Jim Jefferson said, “You do not need to be a professional to help someone. Substance abuse and mental illness are not always visible things, but with the right amount of understanding of how people can be affected by these illnesses, anyone can help someone get help.” Jefferson is the liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Gloucester County will be hosting and promoting various events around National Prevention Week in order to involve communities in raising awareness about behavioral health issues and implementing prevention strategies, foster partnerships and collaboration with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to behavioral and public health, and promote and disseminate quality behavioral health resources and publications.

Jefferson said, by putting this message out there for people to see you are showing that mental health concerns are not something that anyone needs to struggle through alone and are showing that there are people out there who care. By normalizing discussions about mental health issues and showing you are supporting those who are struggling with any type of mental illness, you are showing that it is okay to talk about what’s going on and helping to eliminate the stigma against those with mental illness.

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