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Fair Lawn Group Works To Stomp Out Mental Health Stigma

Balloon hats were also part of the entertainment at Wednesday's Arts and Jams Festival.
Balloon hats were also part of the entertainment at Wednesday's Arts and Jams Festival. Photo Credit: Tammy Irwin-Smith Facebook
An orchestra also entertained attendees of Wednesday's Arts and Jams Festival.
An orchestra also entertained attendees of Wednesday's Arts and Jams Festival. Photo Credit: Tammy Irwin-Smith Facebook
A poster on mental health awareness was on display at Wednesday's Arts & Jams Festival.
A poster on mental health awareness was on display at Wednesday's Arts & Jams Festival. Photo Credit: Paramus NJ Stigma-Free Zone Facebook
Rose Mary Klie and Tammy Irwin-Smith were two of the attendees at Wednesday's Arts and Jams Festival.
Rose Mary Klie and Tammy Irwin-Smith were two of the attendees at Wednesday's Arts and Jams Festival. Photo Credit: Tammy Irwin-Smith Facebook

FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- The Bergen Regional Medical Center hosted a "What is Mental Health? Arts & Jams Festival" on Wednesday, May 4, in partnership with the Fair Lawn Stigma-Free Zone Initiative.

The event -- featuring student art displays, games and prizes, food, and entertainment -- was in celebration of Mental Health Month.

The initiative's goal is to making Fair Law a stigma-free zone, for people with mental illness, by sharing resources, training and information. In April 2014, Fair Lawn Mayor John Cosgrove signed a proclamation declaring the town of Fair Lawn to be a Stigma-Free Zone.

Wednesday's event was about "stomping out stigma and having a conversation about mental health," Tammy Irwin-Smith noted in a Facebook post. "Free food, a live orchestra and crafts for the kids ... who could ask for anything more on a rainy Wednesday afternoon?"

For more information about the Fair Lawn Stigma-Free Zone Initiative, visit its website or Facebook page.

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