Stigma-Free September at the Morris County Library

The Morris County Library will host inspiring and fun-filled events in September to bring people together to help eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use/abuse through creative expression, education and resources.

The library’s month-long focus on stigma is part of the countywide Stigma-Free initiative in which most of the county’s towns, county government and law enforcement, schools and nonprofit organizations are banding together to help foster treatment and recovery.

We urge you to take the Stigma-Free individual pledge.

Open Mic Night, Sept. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Open to all ages. Performers, musicians, instrumentalists, singers, storytellers, comedians, poets, dancer, magicians and all others are welcome to perform in a supportive and sober environment where they can explore and expand their talents.

Kickoff Event, Sept. 9, 2-4 p.m.  Premiere showing of the animated short film “Fighting Stigma: Heroes & Villians.” Children 12 and under can create a mask and everyone is welcome to listen to performances and personal stories from people who have experienced mental illness and/or substance use and abuse.

Words & Rhythms: Storytelling & Drum Circle, Sept. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This workshop is created for families, combining the power or traditional and personal storytelling with traditional drumming to create positive family memories. It offers parents and children activities that foster understanding and a sense of belonging in a safe space.

Learn to Talk to Your Teens: Transformational Storytelling for Parents, Sept. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Work to improve your ability to communicate a clear message to your teens on bullying, drugs, peer pressure, suicide and substance use under the guidance of professional speaker and counselor Anna Toby and professional storyteller Rivka Willick.

Anna will lead a candid and honest conversation with adults about substance use and challenges of today’s youth. Rivka will share her unique system to discover, shape, transform, and share personal stories focused on the topics that matter.

To register, visit, email or call 973.985.7548.

Morris County Library is located at 30 East Hanover Ave., Whippany.