Health & Wellness

VIDEO: Plainfield Resolution to Become a Stigma-Free Zone Up For A Vote on Mar 13th


PLAINFIELD, NJ - At their most recent meeting, members of the Plainfield City Council agreed to move a resolution to designate the City of Plainfield as a Stigma-Free Zone to the March 13th agenda.

The resolution, brought forth by Cory Storch, Councilman for the 2nd Ward, would designate Plainfield a Stigma-Free Zone to create an environment in which residents will feel free to seek treatment for the disease of mental illness without the fear of being stigmatized.

The reduction of mental health stigma will create an atmosphere of compassionate care, where residents feel comfortable seeking the resources they need without the fear of embarrassment or judgment.

Sign Up for E-News

Here, Storch introduces the Stigma-Free resolution to the City Council:

In addition to serving the residents of Plainfield as a Councilman, Mr. Storch serves the members of the community who experience mental illness as CEO of Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services. He hopes to raise awareness of the disease of mental illness, provide an effective way to reduce the stigma associated with it, and encourage those who are affected to seek services and feel supported.

Storch began the journey towards becoming a Stigma-Free Zone by creating the Bridgeway-Plainfield Stigma-Free Zone Campaign, led by a steering committee of ambassadors from the community who represent key organizations, including the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, Ruach Outreach Ministries, United Church of Christ Congregational, Union County Alliance, and Union County Mental Health Board.  TAPinto Plainfield is also an ambassador for this initiative.

Mark Williams, the Stigma-Free Zone ambassador for the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, addressed the Plainfield City Council on March 6th, noting:

  • FACT: 20% of youth ages 13 to 18 live with a mental health condition
  • FACT: 11% of our children suffer from serious depression
  • FACT: 10% of our children have behavior or conduct disorders that leave them with labels that become barriers to a meaningful educational experience.
  • FACT: 8% of youth have an anxiety disorder.

Stigma-Free Zone Steering Committee members will disseminate important information that will raise awareness of the myths of mental illness, and educate the public with accurate information.

Storch explains “Psychiatric problems affect one in five people.  When you count the impact on their families, employers, teachers and friends, it becomes clear that everyone is touched by mental illness in one way or another.” There are many myths that cause fear and shame about conditions like depression, phobias, bi-polar disorder, and schizophrenia.  The fear leads to discrimination.  The shame is the leading reason people do not seek help for their psychiatric problems.  

“The real shame”, says Storch, “ is while treatments have been proven effective, untreated mental illness causes huge negative impacts in our community - on families, on businesses, on the many people struggling with these conditions. We can, and should, work to eliminate stigma associated with mental illness altogether so no one feels hopeless or alone; so people will seek help. That’s when recovery begins.”

If the resolution passes on March 13th, Plainfield will take its first steps towards reducing the stigma associated with mental illness within the city.

The Plainfield Steering Committee wishes to thank Bridgeway and the Plainfield Foundation for providing seed funding to underwrite the production and dissemination of educational materials and signage supporting the Stigma-Free Zone in Plainfield.

For more information about the Bridgeway-Plainfield Stigma-Free Zone Campaign, visit or email

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


You Meet the Most Amazing People on the Trail

The weather cooperated this weekend, so I went for more than one hike. After all, there are only just over fifty days before my walk to Maine commences, so why not.

This Saturday, some friends dragged me away from housecleaning (thank you!) for a quick jaunt through Watchung Reservation.  While we were there, we ran into two individuals from Westfield; the cosplayers introduced themselves ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, June 18, 4:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

BandLab at the Library

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar


Tue, June 19, 6:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Field Station Dinosaurs

Arts & Entertainment


Wed, June 20, 4:00 PM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Story Makers

Arts & Entertainment

Plainfield's Roselyn Korngor Named to Circle K club at Alvernia University

June 17, 2018

READING, PA (06/15/2018)-- Roselyn Korngor, a resident of Plainfield, N.J., participated as a member of the Alvernia's Circle K club in 2017-18 while studying Nursing. Korngor is a graduate of Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences.

Circle K International is a service organization formed to help the community through various service projects. It is part of an umbrella of ...

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 9, 2018

Dear Editor:

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by ...

Darby Road Celebrates World Cup Excitement, Even Without U.S., Italy and Ireland

June 17, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- While the game the rest of the world calls "football" is the most popular sport in most countries except the U.S., the 1994 World Cup hosted here remains the tournament with the highest ever attendance (3,568,567). The '94 tournament lifted a growing sports to new heights.

This year will bring something totally different. The 2018 World Cup takes place ...


June 17, 2018

Hay un grupo de oficiales de policía que les dan un servicio a nuestra comunidad de una manera notable. Todos los días estos hombres y mujeres se levantan, van al trabajo, y aseguran que nuestros hijos aprendan en un ambiente seguro. Los llamamos Oficiales de Recursos Escolares, pero son mucho más. 

Si llegas a la oficina de los Oficiales de Recursos Escolares en la ...

Empleando Nuestra Juventud 

Querido Plainfield, 

Todos esperan el verano; los días son más calientes y largos, y la madre tierra se pone su mejor vestido mientras las frutas se maduran en el sol y las flores ondean un alegre "hola". La gente comienzan los paseos de la playa o piscina, y las juntas de barbacoa en los patios son necesarios en los fines de semanas.

Aquí en la ciudad de ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)


A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

When the Men Go Off to War by Victoria Kelly

When the Men Go Off to War by Victoria Kelly (Naval Institute Press, 2015)

Victoria Kelly's first published volume of poetry, When the Men Go Off to War, is a wonder in that poems can be written so beautifully about the subject of war. Each poem is a jewel, polished and colorful, glittering with elegant imagery, and rich in emotional wallop. The book, divided into three sections, ...

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2005)

            The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani, a New York Times best selling author, was recommended to me by a young woman who actually came from the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, the place where the novel is set. “The author did such a wonderful job of describing how the town actually is,” said the young lady.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's Press, 2018)

            What is the “final frontier” on the Earth's surface? Many people would say Alaska, the 49th state, which was added to the United States fifty years ago. Once one has traveled to that remote land, it is impossible to forget the magnificence of the terrain and beasts. Floating by ship in Glacier Bay, surrounded by ...

The Man in Room 306 at the Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ

            The Luna Stage, a Jersey theater gem, chose to revive its 1995 world premiere drama, The Man in Room 306, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Starring Jamil A.C. Mangan as Dr. King, this 90 minute production portrays Dr. King in the last hours of his life as he struggles to write a speech for the Poor ...

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead Books, 2017)


I wanted to like Into the Water by Paula Hawkins because I had enjoyed her previous novel, The Girl on the Train, which was a suspenseful thriller. However, when I finished reading the first part of the Into the Water, I realized that I had not absorbed anything that was happening in the story. I blamed myself for not paying ...