On Saturday 19- November there was the second " Walk the the Mayor" started in Olsen Park. It proceeded up W. Main St to Larch Ave. then continued to Elm Ave, then back to Olsen Park. This walk was to highlight the Bogota Borough Council resolution to proclaim Bogota as a "Stigma Free Zone" This year the Bogota Board of Education also proclaimed the Public schools a "Stigma Free Zone" The purpose of these actions in Bogota, as well as Bergen Country, is to raise awareness of the situation affecting those individuals who suffer from many types of mental illness. One benefit of the ending the stigma of mental illness will allow those who are suffering from it to openly seek treatment for it. Another is assisting those in need to recieve affordable heath coverage in order to treat the illness.
Jill Connolly first spoke about how she started the idea for the Bogota Public Schools to become a "Stigma Free Zone". Then Bogota Mayor Chris Kelemen thanked those in attendance for their support of all citizens who should be treated equally as individuals. He also thanked Bogota Beautiful who assisted in organization this event, and the volunteers who helped allowed it to be a success.and Finally Cynthia Chazen of the Bergen County Stigma Free Coalition thanks those who came to walk, the Bogota Board of Education and Mayor Kelemen and the Borough Council for their assistance in making Bogota a "Stigma Free Zone". Mayor Kelemen, Ms Chazen, and Council Present John Mitchell then lead almost 100 other walkers through the streets of Bogota. Members of the Bogota High School Cheerleaders, and other Student from Bogota Junior & Senior High School walk with hand made signs showing their support for on one to be judge by appearance, or condition.
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