Brookdale Leads the Way to Mental Health Wellness!


Brookdale’s goal is to raise awareness of 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.

Fifty percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life, and half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14.  The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County and our national affiliate Mental Health America commend President Stout and the leadership of Brookdale College for becoming the first college to declare themselves a stigma-free zone, thereby supporting an environment where all faculty, students, and families are comfortable reaching out for help should they need it,” said Wendy S. DePedro, President/CEO of the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.

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
Also serves as the Program Coordinator for the Human Services Program
Dr. Christine Greco-Covington
Associate Professor
Brookdale Community College
Outgoing Program Coordinator for the Human Services Program

Links discussed in this episode:


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!”


JOIN US Thursdays 11:45 am – 1:15 pm for our Speaker Series

Brookdale Community College and the Psychology & Human Services Club are proud to be Stigma-Free!!

Join us in our series as we support the Stigma-Free Initiative. Stigma is the primary reason people fail to seek help for mental illness. Our goals are to disseminate information and foster a stigma-free environment where people are free from judgment and feel safe to get help, to inspire public interest, open dialogues about stigma, raise awareness of the local mental health & substance use resources available and encourage the community to break down barriers.

March 25th:  Eating Disorder Recovery: A Personal Journey of Healing and Helping Others

April 8th: ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) & Trauma-Informed Care

April 22nd: SELF-CARE – Recharging Your Battery: Discovering Your Best Self

Counselors on Campus

Cathleen Goode, Ed.S.
Health Sciences & STEM Counselor
Phone: 732-224-2342
Office: MAS 120

Eleanor Horgan, M.A.
Humanities Department Chair
LAH 131

Don Nigro, Ed.D.
Social Science & Business
MAN 122

Steve Curto, Ed.D.
Student Services
MAC 109


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 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