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Posted Friday, July 20th, 2018

No More Whispers About Mental Health Issues in Stigma-Free Morris County

Register now for a FREE community event to promote education about mental health, depression and suicide prevention, and to learn about the importance of access to mental health care. The upcoming Festival of Hope, sponsored by Chilton Medical Center and Atlantic Behavioral Health, will be held on Sept. 15 in Pompton Plains.

Morris County: Festival of Hope planned for Sept. 15 at Chilton Medical Center

Keynote speaker Kevin Hines survived a suicide attempt from the Golden Gate Bridge.

The special guest speaker will be Kevin Hines, who survived a suicide attempt made at the Golden Gate Bridge. He is traveling the country, bringing his unique firsthand perspective to the subject of suicide prevention, to foster hope and understanding between those caught in the throes of despair and their loved ones.

Atlantic Health System’s No More Whispers Campaign is focused on getting people to talk openly about a condition that affects one in six U.S. adult lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

The free event will be held Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Chilton Medical Center, 97 West Parkway, Pompton Plains. To register, visit: or email [email protected]

It will include displays and educational materials from Attitudes in Reverse®, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health Association and other partners.

Stigma-Free Morris County poster

Other event highlights:

Pet therapy dogs

Community partners including the National Alliance on Mental Illness Healing Through Art Campaign, who will also present mental health education.

In Their Shoes™ Exhibit: Unless you have walked IN THEIR SHOES™ you would never know the overwhelming feeling of sadness, anxiety & hopelessness that cause hundreds of young people to end their lives. The exhibit will consist of 269 pairs of shoes to represent New Jersey youth, ages 10 through 24, who lost all hope and ended their lives in the years between 2013–2015.

Butterfly Release will be held in honor friends and family members who were lost too soon.

Morris County: Festival of Hope planned for Sept. 15 at Chilton Medical Center