Walk to Fight Suicide on September 23

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is holding an Out of the Darkness Walk on September 23 in Chatham Township. Funds raised will go towards research, educational programs, advocacy, and support for survivors of suicide loss. Get details about the walk and register here!

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance and a walk that unites a community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We all wear honor beads – each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.


Governor Christie Proclaims August 31st As Overdose Awareness Day In New Jersey

Today, Governor Chris Christie issued the following statement, proclaiming August 31, 2017, as “Overdose Awareness Day” in New Jersey.

“Today, New Jersey and communities around the world remember individuals who were lost to drug overdoses and those who have been saved from the depths of an overdose and given a second chance at life. Addiction is a disease, and the associated stigma must be addressed so that more of our relatives, friends, neighbors and coworkers are empowered to get help, instead of suffering in silence from being shamed or disgraced.

With prescription and illegal drug overdoses becoming the top cause of accidental death in the nation, it is time to shine a brighter light on this tragic issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50,000 people die each year in America from drug overdoses and another 2.5 million people are treated in emergency rooms for the misuse or abuse of drugs. The Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse remains committed to raising awareness about prevention, treatment and recovery resources, in order to save lives, combat stigma and end the costly cycle of recidivism.

We continue urging people to contact 1-844-ReachNJ and ReachNJ.gov to access immediate and lasting resources to avoid or overcome addiction.”

Knock Out Opioid Abuse Songwriters Scholarship Contest

Knock Out Opioid Abuse Scholarship Contest Songwriters Scholarship Contest

LIFE Center Stage, Community Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Morris, Morris County Stigma-Free, Morris County and Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey are looking for songwriters to use the power of music to engage the community in this much needed call to action to Knock Out Opioid Abuse.

The Knock Out Opioid Abuse Songwriters Scholarship Contest was developed to help raise awareness of the opioid epidemic that has adversely impacted far too many lives.

If you are truly passionate about this cause, making a difference with your music or if this epidemic has affected you, your family, friends, co-workers or classmates we invite you to submit a song – lyrics and/or musical composition that shed light and bring hope to the opioid epidemic.

You do not have to personally be in recovery to enter.

6 Winners will be chosen to receive:

  • Scholarship for a 4-week Collaborative Songwriting Workshop taught by hit #1 songwriter, Lorraine Ferro on September 12, 19, 26 and October 3 from 7 – 10pm at Rest Stop Rejuvenate 21 Maple Ave. Rockaway, NJ 07866
  • Performance of their collaborative anthem songs at The Knockout Opioid Abuse Concert on October 6 from 4 – 5:30pm at CARES 25 W. Main St. Rockaway, NJ 07866

At the concert, 2 Grand Prize Winners will be chosen to:

  • Record their co-written anthem song in a professional studio at Silk City Grooves

To Enter:  Visit LifeCenterStage.com/Contest to submit a link to a video of yourself performing your original song, lyrics or musical composition. As well as your personal story (4 minutes max) focused on how this opioid epidemic has affected and impacted your life or why you are passionate about this cause.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 4, 2017 at 11:59PM EST. This contest is open to all Morris County residents, age 16 and up. Read the Official Contest Rules on LifeCenterStage.com.

Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day is the statewide single-day initiative that will mobilize the prevention and treatment communities, community leaders and concerned citizens to raise awareness of the potential for dependency on prescribed pain medicine and its link to heroin abuse rates in our state. Teams of volunteers across the state will visit physician and dental offices, as well as homes in local communities, to distribute this vital information.

CCM Hosts Events in Recognition of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Events Include Art Exhibit, Lecture, In Their Shoes Exhibit and Panel Discussion

In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, County College of Morris will host a series of events on campus in September.

The first event is an art exhibition, titled “Marisa Rincón: An Impression of Life,” which currently features the artwork of Marisa Rincón, a 2007 CCM Fine Arts graduate, who died by suicide this past February.

A reception, cosponsored by the Art and Design and Counseling and Student Success departments, will be held 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., on Tuesday, September 12. The CCM Art and Design Gallery is located in the Sherman H. Masten Learning Resource Center on CCM’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road. For gallery hours, visit http://www.ccm.edu/academics/divdep/department-of-art-and-design/art-and-design-gallery//.

The second event, “Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt,” will feature a lecture by Kevin Hines, who survived a suicide attempt. This event, cosponsored by CCM’s Office of Counseling Services and Student Success, The Legacy Project and the Office of Special Events, will be held Tuesday, September 19, at 12:30 p.m., in the Davidson Rooms, located in the Student Community Center.

Kevin Hines
Mental health advocate and award-winning global speaker, Kevin Hines

Hines is a mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 19, he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only 34 to survive a fall from that bridge, and the only one to regain full physical mobility.

The fall broke his body, but not his spirit. Today, Hines dedicates his life to saving lives by spreading the message of hope. Hines’ story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder for us to love life.

At CCM, Hines will give a lecture, answer questions and sign books. CCM and community organizations focused on the important issue of suicide awareness will have informational tables. For more information on this event, email legacy@ccm.edu or call 973-328-5140 or 973-328-5469.

On Wednesday, September 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., CCM, in collaboration with Attitudes in Reverse, an organization that provides mental health education to prevent suicide, will host an “In Their Shoes” exhibit outside the Student Community Center. The exhibit will consist of 269 pairs of shoes to represent the New Jersey youth, ages 10 through 24, who lost all hope and ended their lives in the years between 2013 and 2015. The exhibit helps to increase understanding, empathy and kindness towards those who might be struggling in silence, while encouraging them to seek help. For more information, visit https://attitudesinreverse.org/programs/in-their-shoes/.

On Wednesday, September 20, at 12:30 p.m., in CCM’s Learning Resource Center, Room 121, the college will host a panel discussion on “Losing Loved Ones to Suicide,” featuring Marisa Rincon’s mother, Dee Rincon, and Tricia Baker from Attitudes in Reverse, who will discuss their experiences surrounding losing a child to suicide.

Opioid Crisis Discussion on CUNY TV Tonight

Members of The Stoler Report on set, sitting in chairsDon’t miss The Stoler Report on CUNY TV tonight for a panel discussion on the opioid crisis moderated by host Michael Stoler.

The panel includes:

  • Elaine Pozycki, Co-Chair, the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey
  • Angelo M. Valente, Executive Director, Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey
  • Joseph D. Coronato, Chief Law Enforcement Officer, Prosecutor, Ocean County
  • Andrew Kolodny, MD Executive Director, Physicians for Responsible Prescribing
  • Steven Witkoff, Chairman & CEO, The Witkoff Group


  • Aug. 18 at 9 p.m. (Full episode)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 2 a.m. and 11 p.m. (Part 1)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. (Part 1)
  • Friday, Sept. 22 at 5:30 a.m. (Part 1)
  • Sunday, Sept. 24 at 12 a.m., 10:30 a.m. (Part 1)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 2 a.m. and 11 p.m. (Part 2)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. (Part 2)
  • Friday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 a.m. (Part 2)
  • Sunday, Oct. 1 at 12 a.m., 10:30 a.m. (Part 2)

The Aug. 18 broadcast will air on CUNY TV, channel 75 Spectrum & Cablevision, channel 30 Verizon FIOS, and channel 77 RCN in New York City.

If you miss the broadcasts, the show is also available at the following links:

CCM: Exhibition Recognizes National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Honors the Life of the Late CCM Student Marisa Rincón

In conjunction with the Counseling and Student Success department at County College of Morris, the college’s Art and Design Gallery will host an exhibition to recognize National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September.

photo of Marisa Rincon

Marisa Rincon

The exhibition, titled “Marisa Rincón: An Impression of Life,” will feature the artwork of Marisa Rincón, a 2007 CCM Fine Arts graduate, who died by suicide in February.

The exhibit consists of more than 20 works by Rincón. Also featured in the show are painted portraits of Rincón created by prominent New Jersey artists Tim Maher, John B. Wolff and Lorraine deSmet. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs Aug. 21 to Oct. 13, in Gallery B, which is the outer portion of the gallery.

A Statement By Dee Rincón, Marisa’s Mother, September 2017

Often, people remarked about Marisa’s beautiful face and hair. “Oh, those green eyes and smile would melt anyone’s heart!” However, Marisa preferred being recognized for her intelligence and artistic talent. Few people knew that she was well read and an articulate writer.

photo of "Green Eyes'' by Marisa Rincon

“Green Eyes” by Marisa Rincon

She chose a liberal path. She believed in equality for women’s rights both personally and professionally. Marisa was a feminine, soft-spoken, kind and gentle soul who touched the hearts of many. Although private and reserved, people enjoyed her sense of humor. Marisa liked to read in solitude and play her ukulele. Pop Rock music, her pet hamster and cat, and nature brought her joy.

Marisa Victoria Rincón struggled with anxiety and depression. On February 21,2017, died by suicide in Randolph, NJ. Marisa’s life was as rich and colorful as her accomplished artwork. She was passionate about the art world and its creativity.
Marisa’s legacy: “We are born with innate talents, and those gifts MUST be expressed and shared in order to be happy.”

photo of "Untitled, or is this Truth,'' by Marisa Rincon

“Untitled, or is this Truth,” by Marisa Rincon

It is the hope of the Rincón family that this art exhibit helps those struggling with mental health to seek help from your physician, the County College of Morris, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. We believe that is Marisa’s voice, too.

To read more about Marisa Rincón, written by her mother and family, go to www.ccm.edu/pdf/Marisa-Write-up-art-bio-2017.pdf.

A second art exhibit featuring the work of CCM professors from the Photography Program, titled “Photography Program Faculty Exhibition,” will be held in Gallery A, from Aug. 29 to Oct. 13.CCM logo

There will be two receptions for the exhibits:
The first reception, cosponsored by the Art and Design and Counseling and Student Success departments, will be held 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12.
The second reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 14.

The CCM Art and Design Gallery is located in the Sherman H. Masten Learning Resource Center on CCM’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road. For gallery hours, visit http://www.ccm.edu/academics/divdep/department-of-art-and-design/art-and-design-gallery/.

To learn more about the Art and Design programs at CCM, go to www.ccm.edu/academics/divdep/liberalarts/artdesign/.

National Opioid Commission Recommendations

From the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey:

The Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis delivered an interim report to President Trump earlier this week, urging him to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency…

Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey has been active in efforts to change prescribing habits since 2013, when it began its Do No Harm symposium series informing prescribers on the dangers of prescribing opioids and the links to heroin abuse. Of the nearly 4,000 prescribers who have attended one of the symposiums, 95 percent said they intend to make opioid prescribing changes or what they learned at the Do No Harm event to their practice.

Read the full article.