WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Members of the Woodland Park Stigma Free Task Force on May 1 participated in an education session with nurses from St Joseph’s Hospital about opioids and overdose. They learned about rescue breaths as well as how to administer naxolone, an anti-overdose antidote.

Founded last fall, The Woodland Park Task Force for Mental Health Awareness is comprised of members of various community groups, residents, health care providers, educators, business owners, elected officials, clergy, law enforcement, fire and first aid volunteers, library staff, and others working together to bring awareness to the conditions of mental health. The group aims to also provide education, information and assistance to those who suffer with mental illness.

Last year, Mayor Keith Kazmark reached out to Linda Hoffman, director of the Alfred Baumann Public Library, to discuss how to to raise awareness about mental illness, following a suicide at the gun range located in the borough. With the help of Joanne Green, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Passaic County, the task force was created. Gun for Hire/Woodland Park Range owner Anthony Collandro, funded a mental health/first aid certification class for all task force members, who were recognized at a council meeting this past December.

Find out more about the Woodland Park Stigma Free Task Force at https://www.facebook.com/wpstigmafree/.