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Help us eliminate the stigma! The Sparta Township Stigma Free Initiative is a town wide program that works to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Sparta Township is a community dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and creating an outlet of support for our neighbors who suffer from this disease.

You are cordially invited to the

First Annual

Sussex County Mental Health Forum


Thursday, May 3rd 2018

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

(breakfast will be provided)

Romano Conference Center, 175 High Street, Newton NJ 07860


Join elected officials, local leaders and mental health experts to support Sussex County’s Campaign to Change Direction.


Advanced registration requested but not required by April 26th.

Please call Lisa Lombardo at 973-940-5200 ext. 1370

or email her at


The campaign to Change Direction in Sussex County will raise awareness that there can be no health without mental health, provid an effective way to eliminate stigma associated with mental illness, and encourage those who are affected to seek services and feel supported by their community.


Presented by: Sussex County Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Community and Youth Services and the Mental Health Task Force

Sponsored by:  Atlantic Health System / Newton Medical Center

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     Our Goals


Inspire public interest and open dialogues about the conditions of mental health and addiction.

Provide the facts about these illnesses.

Provide information on local resources available so no individual feels hopeless or alone.

Establish a Stigma Free Community that fosters acceptance and understanding so people will be willing to reach out for help.

                                                                                                     What is Stigma?

Stigma is defined as a mark of disgrace which results from judgment by another. When an individual is labeled they experience judgment and prejudice, leading to feelings of shame, embarrassment, distress, hopelessness, and reluctance to seek or accept help.   

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Upcoming Events

  • International Overdose Awareness Day

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness: Sussex Family-to-Family Course
    • For more information regarding the event contact: Jeri (973-214-0632) or Nancy (973-875-5998)
    • Where: Bridgeway, 93 Stickles Pond Road, Newton, NJ 07860
    • When: Thursdays 7:00pm- 9:30 pm, September 14th through December 7th, 2017
    • About: A free, evidence-based, 12 week program that helps family members and friends become advocates for their loved ones with mental health challenges while maintaining their own well-being.



St. Clare’s Behavioral Health:

Mental Health First Aid:

The Center for Prevention and Counseling:

National Alliance on Mental Illness HelpLine:

Sussex Outpatient Clinic for Veterans:


In case of emergency or crisis please contact 911 immediately.


For more information please call Lt. John Lamon at (973-726-4059) available Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm or email