Hackensack University Medical Center Joins Bergen County Stigma-Free Movement

Hackensack University Medical Center has joined the Bergen County Stigma-Free Campaign, a county-wide program which aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, as the medical center recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month. Nationwide, over 43 million Americans – one in five adults – suffer from a mental health condition. In New Jersey, nearly a million adults are affected by a mental health issue. Hackensack University Medical Center has recently formed a Physician Wellness GMEC subcommittee co-chaired by Dr. Spariosu and Burton Surick, M.D., surgeon at Hackensack University Medical Center. Through this committee, they are designing a program to support residents by creating an environment of wellness. The goal is to provide residents with a positive physical and mental environment, reduce the risk of burnout and more importantly, suicide.