Removing the Stigma of
Mental Illness and Addiction:
Building Healthy Communities

November 1, 8:30am-1:00pm
Morristown Medical Center, Malcolm Forbes Auditorium

We aim to bring together the Morris County community to:

  • Create a non-judgmental environment where individuals with mental illness and addictions feel supported by their community and neighbors
  • Encourage people to seek treatment for these illnesses without fear of stigma
  • Provide prevention, treatment, & recovery resource information
  • Recognize and celebrate stigma free efforts and accomplishments
  • Share ideas on stigma free activities—discuss successes and challenges



Registration, coffee



  • Kathy DeFillippo
    Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN
    President, Morristown Medical Center


Introducing the Morris Stigma-Free Initiative

  • Laurie Becker
    Director, Division of Community and Behavioral Health Services


The Importance of Being Stigma Free

  • Bob Davison
    CEO of the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris
  • Pamela Garanger
    National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
  • Melissa Kiritsis
    Jefferson JT Connect
  • James Gannon
    Morris County Sheriff


Coffee break, resource sharing


Stigma-Free Leadership in Action Awards

Recognizing individuals in Morris County who are a driving force in Stigma-Free communities


Questions and Answers with Speakers

  • Moderator: Marcy McMann, Esq., Chair of the Morris County Mental Health Addiction Services Advisory Board


Wrap up/Next steps

Location & Parking

Removing the Stigma of Mental Health and Addiction is located at the Malcolm Forbes Auditorium at Morristown Medical Hospital, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown, NJ.


Admission to this event is free for the public, but you must register to attend.

Or call 973-660-3183