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Stigma Free School District

 

The Montville Township Public Schools are proud to be 

a Stigma Free School District in connection with the 

Stigma Free Initiative of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders

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Morris County Stigma Free Communities Initiative

 

Montville Township Stigma Free Schools

 

At their meeting on February 7, 2017, the Montville Township Board of Education passed a resolution to designate the school district as a “Stigma Free School District.”  We have also incorporated this into the district’s new Five Year Strategic Plan that was adopted by the Board in April. 

 

J.5 Adoption of Montville Township Public Schools Stigma Free Resolution

 

WHEREAS, the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, along with the Morris County Department of Human Services, supports the designation of Stigma‐Free Communities in every municipality, and;
WHEREAS, at their April 27, 2016 meeting the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously passed a resolution supporting the designation of Morris County as a Stigma‐Free Community, and;
WHEREAS, Morris County recognizes that one in four Americans has experienced mental illness, including substance use disorders, in a given year according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and;
WHEREAS, mental health problems are more common than cancer and heart disease combined, affecting children and adults, including more than half of our Iraq and Afghanistan
Veterans treated at Veteran's Administration hospitals, and;
WHEREAS, given the serious nature of this public health problem, we must continue to reach the millions who need help;
WHEREAS, the stigma associated with the disease of mental illness is identified as the primary reason individuals fail to seek the help they need to recover from the disease, and;
WHEREAS, Stigma‐Free Communities aim to inspire public interest and open dialogues about stigma, raise awareness of the disease of mental illness and create a culture wherein residents who have the disease of mental illness feel supported by their community and neighbors and feel free to seek treatment for the disease without fear of stigma and;
WHEREAS, promoting awareness that there can be no “health” without mental health will break down barriers and encourage residents of all ages to be mindful of their mental health and ask for help when needed, and;
WHEREAS, local resources are available to treat the disease of mental illness so no one resident needs to suffer alone or feel hopeless, and;
WHEREAS, establishing Stigma‐Free Communities will raise awareness of resources and encourage residents to engage in care as soon as the need is identified so recovery can begin, hope is inspired and tragedies are avoided, and;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Montville Township School District recognizes the community needs and supports the efforts of the County of Morris and the Township of Montville in designating the Montville Township Public Schools as a Stigma‐Free School District.