Passaic County New Jersey

Wayne Stands up to Stigma

Health Department


Wayne for All Ages Resource Center

Mayor Vergano is proud to announce the grand opening of the new Wayne for All Ages Resource Center on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse at Captain Kilroy Park.

Do you have Stigma?
Stigma is when someone, including yourself, negatively views a person just because they have a mental health condition. The most common are:

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Bipolar Affective Disorder 
  • Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses
  • Dementia

Wayne Township recently made the first steps towards eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness.

The elimination of mental health stigma will allow residents to get the resources they need without judgment. Wayne Township hopes to raise awareness of the disease of mental illness, provide an effective way to reduce the stigma associated with the disease, and encourage those who are affected to seek services and feel supported.

The establishment of this Stigma‐Free Zone will raise awareness of local and county‐wide mental health resources so no one resident needs to feel hopeless or alone. The elimination of stigma will enable residents to ask for help when needed so recovery can begin, hope is inspired and tragedies are avoided.

Mayor Vergano and Wayne Township representatives have passed a resolution designating the municipality a Stigma‐Free Zone. The “Stigma‐Free” initiative aims 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.

Help us in our quest to reduce Stigma in Wayne. To learn more about getting involved contact the Wayne Alliance at (973) 694-1800 x3244 or email Alliance

  • Take the Quiz to be part of the cure here
  • To find resources in Passaic County visit the Mental Health Association website 
  • To learn more about the Stigma-Free campaign, visit: or click our Flyer for more details.
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