Posted Sunday, June 16th, 2019
Creative Festival Features Art, Music, Storytelling — June 22
The “Breaking Stigma Festival,” a free event featuring music, art and featured speakers, all with a goal of lifting the stigma of mental illness and substance abuse and building a strong and healthy community, will take place THIS Saturday, June 22, on the Morristown Green.
The event is scheduled for 12 noon to 3 p.m. and will include poetry readings, comedy, yoga, mask-making, interactive art, a drum circle, musical performances and a slate of speakers who will share their stories. Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon will attend the event with his Hope One van and Morris County’s Navigating Hope social services mobile vehicle also will be at the site.
The program is a collaborative effort of Morris County’s LIFE Center Stage, Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris, Atlantic Health Systems, Morris County Human Services, the Stigma Free Committee and many others.
The Morris County Stigma-Free Communities Initiative is a county-wide program which aims to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use disorders. It is dedicated to raising awareness of these illnesses by creating an environment where affected individuals are supported in their efforts to achieve wellness and recovery.
Mask-making and comedy
Hope One with Sheriff Gannon
Hanover Alliance Youth Troupe
Kathy Moser – Music for Recovery
Mitch Radler – Folk Project Open Stage
Ubaka Hill & Linda Bagdon – LIFE Center Stage The Art & Spirit of Drumming
Featured Speakers and Stories
Tiffany Enemuo – 2019 1st place winner of Shout Down Drugs
Nikki Sumka – Love More for Julius
Anna Zibit – 2018 Knock Out Opioid Abuse Songwriting Contest Winner
Gary Rappold – Musical Performance
Jackie June – Musical Performance