• Morris County Proud to be Stigma-Free


    At their meeting on February 7, 2017, the Montville Township Board of Education passed a resolution to designate the school district as a “Stigma Free School District.”  We have also incorporated this into the district’s new Five Year Strategic Plan that was adopted by the Board in April. 



    J.5 Adoption of Montville Township Public Schools Stigma Free Resolution


    WHEREAS, the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, along with the Morris County

    Department of Human Services, supports the designation of StigmaFree Communities in every

    municipality, and;

    WHEREAS, at their April 27, 2016 meeting the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders

    unanimously passed a resolution supporting the designation of Morris County as a StigmaFree

    Community, and;

    WHEREAS, Morris County recognizes that one in four Americans has experienced mental

    illness, including substance use disorders, in a given year according to the National Institute of

    Mental Health, and;

    WHEREAS, mental health problems are more common than cancer and heart disease

    combined, affecting children and adults, including more than half of our Iraq and Afghanistan

    Veterans treated at Veteran's Administration hospitals, and;

    WHEREAS, given the serious nature of this public health problem, we must continue to reach

    the millions who need help;

    WHEREAS, the stigma associated with the disease of mental illness is identified as the primary

    reason individuals fail to seek the help they need to recover from the disease, and;

    WHEREAS, StigmaFree Communities aim to inspire public interest and open dialogues about

    stigma, raise awareness of the disease of mental illness and create a culture wherein residents

    who have the disease of mental illness feel supported by their community and neighbors and

    feel free to seek treatment for the disease without fear of stigma and;

    WHEREAS, promoting awareness that there can be no “health” without mental health will

    break down barriers and encourage residents of all ages to be mindful of their mental health and

    ask for help when needed, and;

    WHEREAS, local resources are available to treat the disease of mental illness so no one

    resident needs to suffer alone or feel hopeless, and;

    WHEREAS, establishing StigmaFree Communities will raise awareness of resources and

    encourage residents to engage in care as soon as the need is identified so recovery can begin,

    hope is inspired and tragedies are avoided, and;

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Montville Township School District

    recognizes the community needs and supports the efforts of the County of Morris and the

    Township of Montville in designating the Montville Township Public Schools as a StigmaFree

    School District.