Kicking of World Mental Health Day, NFL Superbowl champion, Plaxico Burress, hosted the First annual Illness Without A Face event at the newly opened Taj Lounge in Newark, NJ last night. Plaxico was joined by Mayor Ted Green from East Orange NJ, Founder of the Newark Film Festival – Kenneth Gifford, decorated police officer and star of popular show, Manhunters – Rasheen Peppers, and Janelle Abraham who produced and directed the series, The Illness Without A Face. These esteemed individuals from all walks of life came together, at this highly impactful event, to raise awareness of mental health and the effects it has on its community.
Guests were welcomed with cocktails and enjoyed savory bites provided by the Caribbean fan favorite, Golden Crust. Followed by an intimate sneak peak of the docuseries “The Illness Without A Face”. Guests were then gifted with the experience of watching the trailer with all of the main characters in the audience, whom also watched it for the first time. The evening was closed with a highly personal and engaging conversation with panelists who have all contributed via education or awareness of mental health in the community.
The docuseries, The Illness Without A Face, will focus on people from different walks of life battling personal instances of trauma that has affected their mental health. It’s aim is to help people talk more openly, know the warning signs and seek help if they need it. Mental health is valued as being an essential part of personal well being and the health of a nation.
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