MORRISTOWN, NJ - An event to lift the stigma of mental illness and substance abuse while building a strong and healthy community will take place on Saturday June 22 on the Morristown Green.

The Breaking Stigma Festival is a free event featuring music, art making, poetry readings, comedy, yoga, musical performances and featured speakers. Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon will be in  attendance with Hope One.

The event runs from 12noon - 3pm and  is a collaborative effort between Morris County’s LIFE Center Stage, Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris, Atlantic Health Systems, Morris County Human Services, the Stigma Free Committee and many others.

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The full slate of events follows:

Mask-making and comedy
Interactive art
Drum circle
Hope One with Sheriff Gannon

Musical Acts
Hanover Alliance Youth Troupe
Kathy Moser – Music for Recovery
Mitch Radler - Folk Project Open Stage
Ubaka Hill & Linda Bagdon – LIFE Center Stage The Art & Spirit of Drumming

Featured Speakers and Stories
Ella Yap
Rachel Eckert
Molly Cagno
Elgin Cintron
Jamie Vergara
Teddy Owens

Community Performances
Tiffany Enemuo - 2019 1st place winner of Shout Down Drugs
Nikki Sumka - Love More for Julius
Anna Zibit – 2018 Knock Out Opioid Abuse Songwriting Contest Winner
Gary Rappold – Musical Performance
Jackie June – Musical Performance

Alison Beattie
Alexa Wyszkowski


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