Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 17, 2021

Learn How to Understand and Act on Depression, with My Perfect Life

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites residents to attend “Stories over Stigma,” a free webinar featuring Lucas Wolfe, author of My Perfect Life, on Wednesday, September 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Zoom.

The Zoom link can be accessed by registering online at ucnj.org/suicide-prevention-awareness.

“Now more than ever, it is important to be informed and aware of the signs and symptoms of depression, especially considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Ida on our community,” said Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “By engaging in open discussion, we can all help raise awareness and create a supportive environment for those in need of help.”

In My Perfect Life, Mr. Wolfe describes how suicidal depression can hide in plain sight while those who experience it suffer silently, all too often with tragic consequences. His pursuit of peace, purpose and healing offers hope to those looking for guidance and support.

The Stories over Stigma webinar is presented through the Office of Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse in the Union County Department of Human Services.

As part of Union County’s suicide awareness and prevention efforts, the office is also providing copies of My Perfect Life at no cost to every high school in the 21 municipalities, along with access to a coordinated mental health curriculum for high school students.

For those seeking help, the Lifeline National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255. It offers free and confidential support for people in distress, as well as prevention and crisis resources for individuals and their loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

For more information on all Human Services programs and activities, visit online at ucnj.org/dhs.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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