Wyckoff officials want to encourage more discussions about treating, and caring for people diagnosed with, “serious” mental illnesses.

The Town Committee approved a resolution recently designated Wyckoff to be a “stigma-free zone” where residents can seek treatment for illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorders.

“The stigma associated with the disease of mental illness is identified as the primary reason individuals fail to seek the help they need to recover from the disease,” the resolution states, “Stigma Free Zones aim to inspire public interest” and “create a culture where in residents who have the disease of mental illness feel supported by their community and neighbors.”

The objective, according to the resolution, is consistent with the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, an initiative encouraging good physical and mental health for all town residents.

For more information about mental illness, call the Wyckoff Board of Health at 201-891-7000. The board meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the second floor West Wing conference room at Wyckoff Town Hall.