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Stigma-Free Bridging the Pond


Stigma-Free Bridging the Pond

UK First Responder Inspired by Bergen County Initiative

Media Invited To Attend 

A two part program designed to share best practices while providing tips on building resiliency and a culture of mental health for first responders.

Friday, August 31, 2018
8:00 a.m. • First Responder Breakfast
11:00 a.m. • Stigma-Free Roundtable & Luncheon

230 East Ridgewood Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652

Donnalee Corrieri at

(PARAMUS, NJ – July 19, 2018) – First responders and stigma-free members are invited to attend “Stigma-Free Bridging the Pond”, a two part program is being at New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus on Friday, August 31. In an effort to officially bring the Stigma-Free initiative to the United Kingdom, the day’s events will start with a First Responder Breakfast from 8 a.m.-10 a.m., and conclude with a Stigma-Free Roundtable and Luncheon from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

This event was inspired by international visitor, Dan Farnworth. Farnworth is a Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship Winner, a member of England’s Emergency Medical Service and a leader in “Our Blue Light”,a charity organization in England and Wales that aims to improve the mental health, well-being and working life of Emergency & Essential Services including: Police, Fire, Ambulance, Search & Rescue, Prison Service and the National Health Services. After discovering the abundance of resources available through the Stigma-Free Initiative–he decided to take action to strengthen the fight against stigma across the pond by studying the Paramus Stigma-Free Zone as a “best practice” in mental health.

“The theme of the day is ‘Stigma-Free Bridging the Pond,” explained Cynthia Chazen, Mental Health Editor and producer ofthe NJ Stigma-Free Newsletter. “It speaks to this amazing international opportunity, but also what we are doing in our communities – creating bridges that help to connect individuals to support that they need.”

In addition to exploring the UK advocacy efforts of “Our Blue Light” with Farnworth, the First Responder Breakfast will include remarks from James J. Tedesco III, County Executive of Bergen, and leader in the Stigma-Free Initiative.

The County Executive was not only integral in bringing this initiative to Paramus five years ago,” commented Mary Ann Uzzi, Paramus Stigma-Free founder and community mental health advocate. “He also committed to making all of Bergen County a stigma-free zone, and we have seen the effect of that promise. Without his support and passionate advocacy, the ripples of our efforts never would have made it across the pond!”  

The morning will also feature an overview of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, offered by Dr. Maria G Masciandaro, PsyD. Maria is a psychologist who specializes in the effects of trauma, and works with the Trauma Recovery Humanitarian Association Program to train therapists who help first responders across the country. EMDR utilizes protocols geared for individuals or groups these specialized clinicians help to build resilience and foster post traumatic growth.

The second part of the day features a luncheon with roundtable discussions, meant for stigma-free leaders to come together to share their ideas, successes and challenges that they have faced in bringing the Stigma-Free Initiative to fruition. The purpose of this portion of the day is to brainstorm and provide insight on the best way to implement the initiative in the United Kingdom.

“We are thrilled to have Dan travel from the UK to share best practices,” said Uzzi. “We thank Care Plus NJ, Inc., and New Bridge Medical Center, both resources have been instrumental in the Stigma-Free Initiate since inception and continue to support us through events like this and so much more.”

This forum is sponsored by the Paramus Stigma-Free Task Force, in collaboration with New Bridge Medical Center and Care Plus NJ, Inc., also in celebration of the five year anniversary of the Paramus Stigma-Free Zone.

Organizations and individuals who are interested attending the event can contact Donnalee Corrieri at for more information and to register.

For press information contact:

Donnalee Corrieri


A Taste of Bergen

A Taste of Bergen

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Venetian, Garfield, New Jersey
Join us for a fun-filled everything featuring entertainment, and fine dining from Bergen County’s best restaurants, including desserts, beverages, raffles and more.
The ultimate food aficionado event!
By supporting New Bridge Medical Center Foundation’s A Taste of Bergen, you are helping the patients, long term care residents, veterans, and the communities served by New Bridge Medical Center.
All proceeds benefit New Bridge Medical Center Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Fed. ID@22-3135663.

Across the Diagnostic Spectrum

FREE Seminar for Beginning and Intermediate Level Social Workers

Register for this Free Seminar

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
New Bridge Medical Center Auditorium
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
2 CEU Credit Hours

This seminar will present an overview on various emotional and personality disorders. The speaker will focus on specific symptoms, etiology, gender differences, culture, and treatment choices. Topics will include depression, anxiety, and nine personality disorders. Treatment and interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy, schema-focused therapy, and psychodynamic therapy will be presented.

Registration and light dinner at 5:30 p.m. Seminar begins promptly at 6 p.m.

Speaker: Phil Feldman, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Phil Feldman is the Director at Journey to Wellness substance abuse program and teaches at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Social Work. Dr. Feldman has experience working as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor for more than 28 years. He has presented over 250 seminars on mental health topics including personality disorders, emotional disorders and psychotherapy models. In addition, Dr. Feldman is the author of “The Psychotherapy Manual”, “Co-Occurring Disorders Manual”, and “Shame Affect — Theory, Research, and Clinical Treatment”.

This course, Across the Diagnostic Spectrum, provided by Advanced Clinical Seminars, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative. Approval period: Sept 1, 2018 – Aug. 31, 2020.

This seminar is for 2 clinical CEU hours. For CEU approval information: Please contact for information about continuing education credits for social workers. If you have questions or concerns about registration, facilities, course administration, and ADA information, contact RoseMary Klie at

Sponsored by The Foundation at Supporting New Bridge Medical Center.

The Cameos, New Jersey's Favorite Oldies Group

Concert in the Park at the NBMC Gazebo

The Cameos

Thursday, August 2, 2018
Sponsored by New Bridge Medical Center Foundation

A Free Community Concert 7 p.m. • New Bridge Medical Center Gazebo
Free Refreshments! Bring Your Own Chairs and Blankets
Please remember alcoholic beverages, glass containers, and smoking are not permitted on the grounds of New Bridge Medical Center.

Rain Date: Thursday, August 16
In case of inclement weather, call 201.225.7674 to see if the concert has been rescheduled.

Mental Health First Aid logo

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

A unique opportunity to become certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid as part of the county-wide Stigma-Free Initiative.

New Bridge Medical Center and Bergen County Department of Health Services are proud to present this national training program free of charge.

August 16, 2018 • 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

New Bridge Medical Center Auditorium
230 East Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, New Jersey 07652

A light breakfast and lunch will be served.

Register Online
Pre-Registration required by Friday, August 10, 2018

A unique opportunity to become certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid as part of the county-wide Stigma-Free Initiative.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

  • Evidence-based interactive course
  • Teaches the signs of mental illness and substance abuse
  • Introduces a five-step action plan to respond to a mental health crisis
  • Teaches how to initiate a referral to mental health resources

Why is Mental Health First Aid important?

  • Just like CPR, it is a vital skill that improves the well-being of our community
  • Helps to eliminate the stigma that is associated with mental illness and substance abuse
  • Promotes recovery and resiliency
Psychiatry Residency Program 2018 Graduation

New Bridge Medical Center Psychiatry Residency Program Holds Graduation Ceremony

New Bridge Medical Center’s Psychiatry Residency Program held its annual graduation ceremony at the Medical Center on Friday, June 22, 2018.  Sheema Imran, MD;  Muhammad Navaid Iqbal, MD; Muhammad Khan, MD; Imran Qureshi, MD; Sarah Sheikh, MD and Joseph Siragusa, MD all graduated from four years of residency training. Tarek Aly, MD and Naeema Hassan, MD graduated from three years of residency training.

“New Bridge Medical Center is proud to participate in the training of our future leaders in Psychiatry. It is our hope that the excellent and well -rounded learning experiences at our hospital has prepared our graduates to provide high quality healthcare as they move forward in their careers,” said Kristine Pendy, Chief Clinical Officer for Behavioral Health Services at New Bridge Medical Center.  “We congratulate our graduates and wish them success in the future endeavors!”

New Bridge Medical Center’s Psychiatry Residency Program is one of the largest and most well respected in the area. It is designed to give the residents clinical experience in adult, geriatric, addiction, and child psychiatry as well as to provide sound theoretical and clinical training and to establish a foundation for future specialization. The educational philosophy of our program is eclectic with a variety of diagnostic and treatment approaches. The interdisciplinary nature of our clinical department introduces the trainees to a wide range of well-grounded theories and therapies. The residents, under the guidance and supervision of experienced faculty, gain a broad clinical expertise in the care and treatment of a diversified patient population.

Managing Musculoskeletal Health

NBMC Auditorium • Noon – 1 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch will be served.

Meet Our New Physicians: Dr. Madouna Hanna, Physiatrist and Dr. Chitra Kodery, Family and Sports Medicine, Rutgers Clinical Affiliates at New Bridge Medical Center.

As the population of America ages, and more people survive conditions that once would have been fatal, and as the quality of life is an increasing concern, the fields of physiatry and sports medicine are moving to the forefront of medicine.

A physiatrist is a physician specializing in the treatment of acute and chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders through non-invasive treatments. The specialist focuses on mitigating patients’ afflictions through drug therapy, assistive devices such as a brace or artificial limb, and diverse therapies such as heat and cold, electrotherapies, massage, biofeedback, traction, therapeutic exercise, and education. Specialists in sports medicine offer similar therapies for those suffering from sports injuires.

Lunch and Learn, Please RSVP by June 18, 2018