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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.

Morris County Stigma Free LogoThe 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.

The full slate of events at Saturday’s event, includes:Morris Stigma-Free:

Mask-making and comedy
Interactive art
Drum circle
Hope One with Sheriff Gannon

Musical Acts
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
Ella Yap
Rachel Eckert
Molly Cagno
Elgin Cintron
Jamie Vergara
Teddy Owens

Community Performances
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

Alison Beattie
Alexa Wyszkowski