Creating Stigma-Free Communities


The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club is emphasizing Mental Health as part of this year’s Rotary theme “Create Hope in the World”.   The theme calls on Rotarians to inspire and to restore hope through the projects they champion. 


The club is raising awareness concerning mental health issues in multiple ways:

  • We've begun to schedule meetings focusing on the topic,
  • We are offering Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) training to help identify and assist individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. 
  • We're asking Fanwood and Scotch Plains residents and businesses to take the mental health Stigma-Free Community Pledge.

We kicked off the mental health awareness campaign at our February 28, 2024 evening meeting.  The featured speakers were Ray Freaney of the Mental Health Associates Rotary Club and Mary Clair Givelber of Caring Contact.  Mary spoke about services her organization provides for those experiencing a mental crisis, including the 988 Suicide Hot Line and Crisis Lifeline.  Further information about the hotline can be found at



Sign the Stigma-Free Community Pledge

Stigma-Free Pledge Form
FSP Rotary Stigma-Free Pledge 2024.pdf
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Download, fill-in and save the above pledge form.   Mail it to




Register for QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Training for Suicide Prevention


We meet in person at 12:15pm on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of every month, at the Stage House Restaurant in Scotch Plains. 


4th Wednesday of the month:  Evening Meeting at Darby Road