'Stigma-free': Burlington County builds effort for mental health awareness

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Burlington County Commissioners have approved a resolution designating the county as "stigma-free" when it comes to issues of mental illness and drug addiction, establishing a task force to help with that mission.

"Stigma is the issue around mental health and substance abuse that can prevent someone from seeking treatment," said Burlington County Human Services Director Shirla Simpson.

She explained that is why the county is taking a "stigma-free" approach and has created a task force to combat misperceptions and boost awareness about mental illness and drug addiction.

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"We've looked to our community to assist us with this challenge, to hopefully help us educated those in community," Simpson added.