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Celebrating Life & Erasing the Stigma

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Westminster Hall, Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church

1 East Oak Street

Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

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Everyone knows someone who battles a mental illness; whether it's yourself or a loved one, we are never alone in our struggles.

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Stigma, it prevents far too many youth from getting help. Mental illness does not have a stereotypical look and that's the scariest part because you never truly know how badly someone is hurting. I've lived in Basking Ridge and seen too many beautiful souls leave this earth because they didn't think their pain would end.

This event is where we put a stop to those feelings of isolation and bring the community and eventually- all of social media, together. We all have something and we are truly never alone.

This event is a symbolic photoshoot similar to what I did in high school-where a group of my peers and I wrote the words that we bully ourselves with or words that describe the demons we struggle with on our bodies, as one segment of the photoshoot, and then wash them away as a symbolic next segment. Going through the motions of writing those words that you've struggled with, bullied yourself with or been called my others on your body only to wash them away is your personal reminder of how strong you truly are. I'm running it again but with a twist as I make it an event that will also turn into a social media campaign leading to a YouTube video as I utilize my Instagram platform that's grown to have quite a large amount of followers.

SO- as this is also an event to CELEBRATE life, I will have lots of goodies and small businesses helping along the way. With youth singing, showcasing their art/poetry etc.

Don't want to be in the photoshoot? Sing, bring your art, read your poetry at our open mic or share your story with our videographer who will be working with me to create a larger message of stories that will eventually turn into a video to accompany the pictures.

Please email me with questions: rachel.creedon@gmail.com

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Westminster Hall, Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church

1 East Oak Street

Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

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