Franklin Lakes Chamber of Commerce
Improving Our Community One Day at a Time ™
Mission: Building Unity in our Community™
WHEREAS: The Franklin Lakes Chamber of Commerce, along with the Bergen County Department of Health Services, supports the designation of Stigma-Free Zones at all our events, meetings and charity drives and;
WHERE AS: at The Sep 17, 2019 Franklin Lakes Chamber Executive Board meeting our board Voted to become Stigma-Free zone for all members, perspective members, charities and volunteers.
WHERE AS: The National Health Institute of Mental Health reports that 1 in 4 adults live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder; approximately 20% of youth ages 13-18 and 13% of youth 8 to 1 experience severe mental disorders in a given year and;
WHERE AS: the stigma associated with the disease of mental illness is identified as the primary reason individuals fail to seek the help they need to recover from the disease, and;
WHEREAS Stigma-Free Zones: aim to inspire public interest and open dialogues about stigma, raise awareness of the disease of mental illness and create a culture wherein residents who have the disease of mental illness feel supported by their community and neighbors and feel free to seek treatment for the disease without fear of stigma and;
WHEREAS: promoting awareness that there can be no “health” without mental health will break down barriers and encourage all members, perspective members, charities and volunteers of all ages to be mindful of their mental health and ask for help when needed, and;
WHERE AS: local resources are available to treat the disease of mental illness so no one person needs to suffer alone or feel hopeless, and;
WHERE AS: establishing Stigma-Free Zones will raise awareness of resources and encourage everyone to engage in care as soon as the need is identified so recovery can begin, hope is inspired and tragedies are avoided, and;
WHERE AS: The Franklin Lakes Chamber will add a Stigma Free Logo to indicate those Businesses are Stigma Free outside of any Chamber Program. A Search option will be available to ensure members can easily find Stigma Free Zones outside of Chamber.
WHERE AS: The Franklin Lakes Chamber will not tolerate individuals, who discriminate for any reason notwithstanding or limited to Physical/Mental Health Condition, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, political party, etc.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED; that The Franklin Lakes Chamber recognizes the community needs and supports the efforts of the County of Bergen in designating operations of The Franklin Lakes Chamber Activities no matter what town or county that these events take place in as now Stigma-Free Zone.