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New Jersey Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma

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Anxiety, depression, substance use and other mental health disorders have been highly prevalent and continue to increase, especially during traumatic situations, such as natural and manmade disasters. However, many people do not seek help for mental illnesses or substance use disorders because of stigma, whether that is felt by the individuals themselves or expressed by other people in their lives.

Never has there been a better and more necessary time for the New Jersey Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma to forge ahead with its vitally important work to end stigma and discrimination and ensure health equity for all.

Combating stigma starts with education. This website has many resources to make people aware of the myths and the realities. To access resources, click on any of the categories in the Resources menu above.

Stories Inspiring Progress

The best way to eliminate stigma is to educate individuals about mental health and mental illnesses, especially the fact that mental illnesses are real, just like physical health conditions, and should not incite any judgment or discrimination. Such education should include individuals’ success stories.

The New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma invites individuals to share their inspiring stories.
Here is one of many examples:


I have suffered from OCD and anxiety since I was five years old. I would get overwhelmed in school easily. The other kids would notice and mock me out because they didn't understand what was going on. The teachers only made it worse by insinuating that I was the problem; simply throwing tantrums to get attention.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Opioid Summit 2023: Healing Together From the Opioid Crisis-Replay


The Replay of this Conference will be available until June 30, 2024

Virtual All-day Conference, CME and CEU Credits Available, Panels, Workshops, Keynote.

Invisible Pain Day


Please join the Darren Clark Jr. Memorial and NAMI NJ on Sunday, January 7, 2024, for the 3rd annual observance of the Invisible Pain Day. It is an official day to honor those who have lost a loved one to mental illness and suicide

NAMI NJ December Monthly Online or In-Person Support Group Meetings


NAMI Family Support Group is a 60-90 minute support group for adult friends and
family members (18+) of people with mental health conditions

Council News

Council News

Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma Member Emily Grossman Publishes Book, Unlocked: From Psych Hospital to Higher Self, Hosts Book Launch Oct. 21st


Emily Grossman, MA, CPRP, NYCPS-P, a member of the Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma and Founder of Emily Grossman Peer Life Coaching and Training Services, wrote an inspiring book, Unlocked: From Psych Hospital to Higher Self – 25 Keys to Recovering from Depression, Anxiety, or Bipolar Disorder, which will be published on October 17, 2023.

Council Member Emily Grossman Inspires Others to Discover the Path to Better Mental Health on Passion, Purpose and Possibilities Podcast


Emily Grossman, MA, CPRP, NYCPS-P, Founder of Emily Grossman Peer Life Coaching and Training Services and Member of the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma, shared her inspiring story on the Passion, Purpose and Possibilities podcast.

World Mental Health Day 2023


Today, October 10, 2023, is World Mental Health Day 2023, an opportunity for people and communities to unite behind the theme ‘Mental health is a universal human right” to improve knowledge, raise awareness, and drive actions that promote and protect everyone’s mental health as a universal human right.

While World Mental Health Day shines a spotlight on opportunities to support mental health initiatives, every-day of the year offers a chance to champion mental well-being!

Click any of the below links to get involved and for more information on World Mental Health Day 2023!


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