‘NAMI In Our Own Voice’ Aims to Break the Mental Health Stigma

Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 1:30 PM

Speakers Rachel Hetrick and Mia Scocozzo
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Last updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 1:26 PM

Two speakers will share their perspectives on a highly misunderstood topic Tuesday, April 2 at Bucks County Community College in Newtown and online

In order to help break the stigma about mental health issues, Bucks County Community College presents “NAMI In Our Own Voice” at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Newtown Campus and online.

Speakers Mia Scocozzo and Rachel Hetrick will share their personal perspectives and talk openly about their experiences in an attempt to change attitudes, assumptions and ideas about people with mental health conditions.

Scocozzo, the Youth Programs Director of NAMI Bucks County, visits students to talk about the warning signs for mental health conditions, facts, statistics, and how to get help. For example, she developed a program called Small Talk for elementary students to learn how to name their feelings, differentiate between emotions, and practice healthy coping skills. Scocozzo shares her personal journey of recovery to allow others to feel less alone in a drive to end the stigma around mental health.

Hetrick is a graphic designer based in Philadelphia who expresses herself through painting and illustration and loves to exercise. Mental health advocacy is a big part of her life, and she is passionate about spreading hope.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, also provides information on how to learn more about mental health and get involved with the mental health community.

“NAMI In Our Own Voice” takes place at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Gallagher Room, located inside the Rollins Center on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 18940.

The presentation can also be viewed live online. Register for the Zoom session.

The event is sponsored by the BCCC Psychology Club and DEI Programs in the College’s Office of External Affairs. To learn more, contact Jean Dolan at or 215-968-8094.

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