Stigma Free Speaker Series

The  Psychology & Human Services club, along with Student Life & Activities, is hosting a Stigma Free Speaker Series. All events will be held in the Fort Hancock / Navesink Room I of the Student Life Center and will be available live on Zoom. The presenters are Brookdale Community College Alumni Students and a mental health professional specializing in trauma and attachment!

WARNING: Mental Health Disclaimer: Please be advised that content of the presentations may at times be difficult for audience members due to the nature of the topics. Our goal is to discuss different topics such as trauma, self-harm, anxiety, and depression in a space that allows for awareness, enhances understanding and empathy, and ultimately chips away at stigma. Mental health resources will be made available for each presentation and mental health professionals will be in attendance to assist those with resources.

Sage Short
March 10 @ 11:45 amHeadshot of Sage Short.

I am a pre-social work major. I am currently a part of Brookdale’s Cheer and Dance Team, I’m acting secretary of the Creative Writing Club, and I’m Vice President of the Psychology and Human Services Club. I have been able to maintain good academic standing since entering college. Despite all the things that, on the outside, appear to be going well, I struggle. I have been learning to cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the past 15 years, and although I’ve made great progress, I still have a long way to go. Because of my experiences, stigma plagues me like it does so many others, and by sharing my story, I hope to educate, inspire, and open the space to discuss things that have been previously considered “hush, hush.”

Please join the Psychology and Human Services Club as we go past the surface and have a “Real Talk” about the challenges that follow trauma, and together, we can destigmatize the conversation.

Join us in Fort Hancock, Room 208, in the Student Life Center or
Click here to register for the live Zoom event.

 

Emily MaximHeadshot of Emily Maxim.
March 31 @ 11:45 am

As a pre-social work student, I have been a part of the many opportunities Brookdale has to offer. I am a member of Psi Beta, Tau Upsilon Alpha, and I am President of the Psychology and Human Services Club. I also am always there when Student Life holds their bingo nights! I never though how fun and engaging college was until I started at Brookdale in fall 2020.

While Brookdale has been an amazing experience both socially and academically, it can be a challenge while having a mental illness. I have an autoimmune disease called PANDAS syndrome which causes symptoms like anxiety, panic attacks, depression, OCD, and more. Having atypical symptoms and an autoimmune disease that many may not know about has left me to suffer in silence and to be afraid to mention if I am having an anxious moment, let alone a panic attack. It has been five years since my onset of symptoms, and despite being knocked down so many times by my disorders and having days where I am unsure if I will ever feel “normal,” I get back up.

Please join the Psychology and Human Services Club as we are hoping my story will help others who are afraid to speak up and share their stories, as the stigma from mental illness is the elephant in the room that prevents so many from getting help. As the saying goes, it is okay not to be okay, and we need to realize that is normal.

Join us in Navesink I, Room 216,  in the Student Life Center or
Click here to register for the live Zoom event.

 

Joie Bauman
April 14 @ 11:45 am

I am a pre-social work major at Brookdale, current secretary of the Psychology and Human Services Club, member of the Cheer and Dance Team, and an elite gymnast. I also struggle with PTSD, depression, addiction, and an eating disorder. No one ever talked to me about mental health growing up. I was pegged as an attention-seeking problem child early on, and for year after, that stigma surrounding mental health kept me stuck. Even after years of therapy and treatment, I still struggle. I am slowly learning to be kind to myself, and I am sure I will be on this journey for a long time.

Please join the Psychology and Human Services Club as we are hoping to share my story and embracing my small successes will empower others to do the same.

Join us in Navesink I, Room 216, in the Student Life Center or

Click here to register for the live Zoom event.

 

Leigh PoviaHeadshot of Leigh Povia.
April 28 @ 11:45 am

Leigh is a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist, Certified EMDR Therapist, and an Approved EMDR Consultant. She is also a Board Certified Neurofeedback provider. Leigh currently works in private practice at Center for Dynamic Growth in Hamilton, New Jersey, and agency she created to provide a multi-modal approach to healing.

Ms. Povia has trained extensively in the attachment relationship across the life span, in addition to trauma and how it impacts the individuals’ concept of self as well as their brain. The interventions that are used are guided by the most current brain research available. She believes there is not a one size fits all program for any individual. Ms. Povia works with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Additionally, she provides mentoring and consultation to other therapists in the United States and Candada.

Please join the Psychology and Human Services Club as we provide some understanding of trauma, mental health challenges, and treatment from a professional who works on stigma everyday with her clients.

Join us in Navesink I, Room 216, in the Student Life Center or

Click here to register for the live Zoom event.