PATERSON, NJ - Violence, the opioid epidemic, and high levels of incarceration are unfortunate realities of life in Paterson, longtime community activist Casey Melvin said in a video posted to Facebook.

“We are all experiencing some level of hurt,” he added, with Rahshon Dixon, his partner in the Men Stand Up initiative, an effort to curb violence across the city, at this side. 

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On Monday the two men will speak at a special event “Healing in the Time of Trauma” at Calvary Baptist Church. Co-hosted by the Calvary Christian Social Concerns Ministry, the event, set to begin at 6:00 p.m. will feature both a certified social worker and clinician trained in dealing with trauma.

The impact of trauma, that many may not even realize is affecting their lives, the men said, can lead to depression and strained relationships. The event, they added, will offer opportunities to receive consultation, skills to cope, and mechanisms “we as a collective community can work to heal ourselves.”

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