Hawthorne, NJ is proudly committed to be an inclusive and welcoming stigma-free community.

We strive to accept all members of our population and embrace those who have the challenge of mental illness and addiction.

Our aim is to educate our citizens and to show them where they can find available resources. As a Stigma-Free community, we aim to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, substance abuse, and sexual-orientation and identity.

3rd Annual Walk for Wellness

We are very excited about our Walk for Wellness on May 7th, from 2-4pm. We are honored to have Retro Fitness in Fair Lawn leading us in a brief warm up before the walk around HHS track on behalf of community and wellness. We'll have great resources provided by the Hawthorne Public Schools Diversity Alliance Committee, Hawthorne Domestic Violence Response Team, Hawthorne PD, Passaic County's Hope One mobile unit, Prevention is Key and more! Pappy's Juice Bar will provide refreshing drinks and the Madison Holleran Foundation will be sponsoring an ice cream truck. Hope you can join us! There is no official sign-up and all are welcome. 

Suicide Prevention 

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

NJ Mental
Health Cares:

862-202-HELP (4357)

In case of emergency dial 911 immediately.

We exist to reduce the stigma associated with mental health through awareness and by providing a basic bridge for the community to discover local and professional resources.

What is a
mental illness? 

Mental illnesses refer to disorders generally characterized by dysregulation of mood, thought, and/or behavior. Mental illness encompasses a variety of disorders ranging from depression and anxiety to substance and alcohol use disorder and bipolar disorder. Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. 

What is

Stigma is a mark of disgrace which results from the judgment by others. When an individual is labelled by their illness they experience judgment and prejudice. Stigma brings experiences and feelings of shame, embarrassment, distress, hopelessness and reluctance to seek or accept help. As a result, stigma is the primary reason individuals do not seek help when they experience symptoms of mental illness. 

For more information on the disease of mental illness, visit www.nami.org.