MENDHAM, NJ - Putting the words "Stigma Free" into Action, Daytop New New Jersey hosted a Children's Mental Health Awareness Day to honor Children's Mental Health Day on May 10th.

Local elected officials including Sheriff Jim Gannon and Chief of Police of Mendham Borough John Camoia participated in the festivities. The local law enforcement conducted a Stigma Free presentation. There was also a large display of green umbrellas in the shape of a heart and youth musicians who performed an original song 'Don't Treat People Differently'.

The green umbrellas shaped in a heart were meant to portray a sign of protecting children with mental illness from the storm.

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Vice President of Clincial Services at Daytop, Kim O'Connor had this to say "Mental Health is still stigmatized when compared to people's reactions to comparable illnesses such as cancer. Our goal is to shw kids that they are supported and loved. We want there to be an ongoing open dialogue regarding this illness".

Daytop New Jersey is a substance abuse and mental health treatment center that also functions as an accredited middle and high school.  May 10th is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day which was designed to shine a national spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health. It also reinforces that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.