Hazlet Is Now 'Stigma Free'
In a proclamation this fall, Hazlet Township declared itself a "stigma free" community. Hazlet joins the region and county in an effort to reduce the negative beliefs associated with mental illness and substance use disorders. We are dedicated to raising awareness of the disease of mental illness and substance use disorders to create a culture where residents feel supported by their community and neighbors and feel free to seek treatment for the diseases without fear of being outcast.
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. It brings experiences and feelings of shame, embarrassment, distress, hopelessness and reluctance to seek or accept help.
As a result, it is one of the primary reasons individuals do not seek help when they experience symptoms of mental illness.
The Stigma-free initiative aligns with the Hazlet Township’s mission to collaborate with community stakeholders to prevent substance abuse and other at-risk behaviors, mental health crises, and substance use/ mental health disorder stigmas through awareness, resources, and education.
Make your stigma-free pledge today and learn more about Monmouth County’s Stigma-free Initiative.
For more information, call the Hazlet Alliance at 732-264-1700 ext 8693.
You can also call a 24/7 hotline for Hazlet’s Hope Network 732-739-7717.
The Great American Smokeout
The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout is an annual event that encourages and offers support to smokers to make a plan to quit smoking or to quit smoking on the day of the event – the third Thursday in November each year. By quitting – even for one day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths.
The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout® takes place on the third Thursday in November - November 19, 2020. Learn more.
Additional resources to help you quit smoking/vaping can be found in the links below:
Links to help teens quit smoking/vaping:
- https://www.behindthehaze.com/ - Behind the Haze” interactive “vaping facts” for teens
Know that is NEVER too late—or too soon—to quit; to learn how your body recovers after quitting click here: https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/online-documents/en/pdf/flyers/how-your-body-recovers-after-quitting-smoking.pdf
For additional information please contact the Alliance Office 732-264-1700 ext 8693
Mental Health Support Hotline
The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, in partnership with Monmouth ACTS, has counselors available to provide free telephonic support for ANY Monmouth County resident in need. The Monmouth County COVID-19 hotline is now available by calling MHA directly Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. 732.542.6422.
to Prevent Alcoholism & Drug Abuse
The Hazlet Alliance was formed to help our community and its citizens make informed decisions about alcohol and substance abuse.
Our organization provides alcoholism and drug abuse prevention programs in grades K-12. We also support outreach efforts for parents, and develop community awareness programs through youth related activities, alcoholism and drug addiction education, AIDS and fetal alcohol education, intergenerational recreation and volunteerism, media campaigns, and community-based celebrations.