As part of our ongoing quest to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness, we will create a video to raise awareness of the cause. We are looking for passionate people who are willing to add their voice and face to the video. Below you'll find a description from our producer -- our partners at Bergen Community College.
We are thrilled to be able to work in partnership again and would like to take this opportunity to remind all that this is our second video production. You may view the first video by logging onto the county website [follow link below my signature and select "what to do in a mental health crisis" block] OR you may find it on YouTube by searching "Responding to a Mental Health Crisis." You'll see that our YouTube count is nearing 50,000 views!!!!
If you would like to be a special part of our next collaborative production, please let me know. If you know of someone else whose voice needs to be heard and story needs to be told, PLEASE invite him/her to contact me.
NEEDED – Bergen County residents who willing to discuss how they have lived their lives with a mental illness or
how they love/loved someone who lives/lived a life with the disease AND how stigma impacted them?
We are looking for residents who represent the diversity of Bergen County, including ethnicity, age, gender, occupation, etc [including veterans].
FILMING DATES: Tues and Wed, Aug 2nd and 3rd and possibly Tues/Wed Aug 9th and 10th starting at 5 p.m. each day
FILMING LOCATION: the TV studio at Bergen Community College in West Hall – [which, if you enter the college via Paramus Road, you will find on your left almost immediately after entering the college] . The guests should dress casual. Please tell them there will only be two people in the room during the shoot.
If you are willing to participate, kindly forward this e-mail back to me and include the following information: Name: _________________________________________________________
I’m a resident of: ______________________________________________
I define myself as: ________________________________________________________________________
[for example, “I live my life with a mental illness” “A person who loves someone who lives with the disease of mental illness”
“A person whose life has been affected by mental illness by……”, etc]
Occupation if applicable: ____________________________________________________________________
I define myself as representing the ethnic group of …… _______________________________________________________________________
My age is in the [circle] teens twenties thirties forties fifties sixties seventies eighties nineties
[NOTE: all participants will be required to sign documents acknowledging that their image, voice and story will be used in the video production. Participants under the age of 18 who wish to share their story will not be authorized to participant unless accompanied by a parent / caregiver who will sign said documents].
Please also note that not all participants who are filmed may appear in the final production. The production team will retain editing rights.Thank you!
Michele Hart-Loughlin, Division Director
Bergen County Department of Health Services
Division of Mental Health
One Bergen County Plaza, 4th Floor
Hackensack , NJ 07601
201-397-2015 [work cell]