Monmouth wants to be ‘stigma-free’ about mental health, addiction

NJ 101.5 In the first seven months of 2020, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Monmouth County claimed 111 of New Jersey's 1,834 overdose deaths, a number that local lawmakers believe can be driven down if those in danger are made to feel more comfortable talking about their personal demons. That is the idea behind the new Stigma-Free Monmouth website, launched by the county freeholder board along with the Division of Behavioral Health, which was forged by the combination of the county's mental health and addiction services departments. Deputy Freeholder Director Sue Kiley said she and her colleagues kept hearing from constituents that…
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