Brookdale Leads the Way to Mental Health Wellness!


Brookdale’s goal is to raise awareness for the diseases of mental illness and substance use disorder, promote the use of inclusive language and encourage those who are affected to seek services and feel supported. Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame, and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support, and living well.  Brookdale will encourage the use of the many mental health resources available, so no student needs to feel hopeless or alone.

Link to Mental Health Resources

Monmouth County Stigma Free Pledge

I/We Pledge to:

“Together, we can encourage acceptance and understanding. Together, we can advocate for a better world. Together, we can turn Stigma-Free Me into Stigma-Free WE!”

Stigma Free Podcast

Brookdale Beat “Inaugural Podcast!”
Brookdale: Stigma Free Zone
Thousands of people, groups, schools, towns and counties across the Country are taking the pledge to be stigma free.

This episode’s guests:
Sara Burrill, associate professor, Psychology, Brookdale Community College who also serves as the program coordinator for the Human Services Program
Christine Greco-Covington, Ph.D., associate professor, Psychology, Brookdale Community College and outgoing program coordinator for the Human Services Program

Links discussed in this episode:

TalkCampus Support App

Brookdale is excited to announce that we are now partnered with TalkCampus, a global 24/7 mental health support network for our students.  TalkCampus harnesses the power of safe social networking and peer support with professional safeguards and gives students a safe space to openly discuss mental health and other issues that are impacting them.

Current students can download the free “TalkCampus” app onto their phone or tablet (from their app store), and immediately access the network using their Brookdale e-mail address.  They can browse, post, and interact with other students from around the country and around the globe, with 24/7 professional safeguards in place to quickly get students additional help if they are in need.  Additionally, the app contains information about other Brookdale-specific resources for easy access.

For more info, visit the landing page at: or contact Christopher Jeune at

Brookdale's Faculty Counselors

Cathleen Goode, Ed.S.
Health Sciences & STEM Counselor
Phone: 732-224-2342

Eleanor Horgan, M.A.
Humanities Department Chair

Don Nigro, Ed.D.
Social Science & Business

Steve Curto, Ed.D.
Student Services


Brookdale has special arrangements for students with the following  “24 hour/7 days a week/365 days per year” emergency resources to call if you are having thoughts of suicide or harming yourself or others.

  • Monmouth Medical Center Psychiatric Emergency Services @ (732) 923-6999
  • 2nd Floor Youth Helpline – Available to talk with you about any problem, distress, or hardship you are experiencing. Call or text @ 888-222-2228 or visit the website @ 

LINKS HERE To Outside Resources not affiliated with Brookdale Community College.

To Join the Psychology & Human Services Club Text @2020-club to 81010

Contact: Christine Greco-Covington, Faculty Advisor,
Liz Barone, Club President,

Brookdale urges anyone who would like more information on the Stigma-Free Initiative to contact Sara Barnett Burrill, EdM, MS, MA, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Brookdale Community, and to help us to eliminate stigma and promote wellness amongst the entire Brookdale Community. To join the Monmouth County Stigma-Free Committee, please email Pamela Major, Children’s Interagency Coordinating Councils (CIACC) Coordinator Monmouth County Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Stigma-Free Committee Coordinator at